By Ashley Mungiguerra / NBC News
September 30, 2015

A South Carolina police officer was shot and killed Wednesday after responding to a call about a suspicious person inside a shopping mall, authorities said.

The officer, Gregory Alia, was called to the Richland Mall in Forest Acres with two other local officers around 8 a.m. after an employee of a nearby bank reported seeing a suspicious person inside a van in the mall’s parking lot, Forest Acres Police Chief Gene Sealy said.

The suspect, 34-year-old Jarvis Hall, took off on foot into the mall, and the officers chased him, Sealy said.

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