GARLAND, Texas A Texas police officer has been fired from the force after the death of a suspect he’d shot at more than three dozen times.
Patrick Tuter was terminated from the Garland Police Department for violating department pursuit and use of force policies.
Tuter had tried to pull over Michael Vincent Allen on August 31 last year, but Allen refused to stop leading to a 30-minute car chase.
Tuter shot at Allen 41 times during the chase. Three shots hit Allen and he died at the scene.
Tuter said he feared for his life during the chase but investigators determined it was Tuter who slammed into Allen’s pickup.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Officer later performed an autopsy and determined the 25-year-old man had suffered gunshot wounds to the upper back, side and left elbow. He also had bruises and cuts on his body where Officer Tuter rammed his truck, reported CBS 11 News DFW.
Allen’s parents, Randy and Stephanie, spoke to CBS 11 News DFW shortly after the death of their son.
”I just want what’s right for Michael,” said Randy Allen. I don’t see anybody reacting like that, normal. 41 shots, I mean, was the other police officers just standing there?
”I can’t believe somebody didn’t tacke him and say stop, that’s enough.”
Tuter, who was a seven-year veteran with Garland PD, had been on extended administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigations.
A Dallas County grand jury will be convened to consider the criminal charges.
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