A pyridoxal-phosphate protein. The enzyme cleaves a carbon-chlorine bond, releasing a chloride and an unstable enamine product that tautomerizes to an imine form, which undergoes a hydrolytic deamination to form pyruvate and ammonia. The latter reaction, which can occur spontaneously, can also be catalysed by EC 184.108.40.206, 2-iminobutanoate/2-iminopropanoate deaminase. The enzyme's activity can also result in beta-replacement reactions, e.g. in the presence of hydrogen sulfide it can convert 3-chloro-D-alanine into D-cysteine and chloride.