Former Garland officer indicted on manslaughter charge

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by REBECCA LOPEZ & MARJORIE OWENS

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Posted on November 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 6:33 PM

DALLAS — A Dallas County grand jury indicted a former Garland officer Monday in the shooting death of a Wylie man during a 2012 chase in a Mesquite neighborhood.

Patrick Tuter, 33, fired 41 shots into a truck driven by 25-year-old Michael Vincent Allen, who was struck three times and died from his wounds.

The fatal pursuit began when Tuter spotted Allen driving a pickup truck involved in a Sachse police chase days before. The officer pursued Allen for about 30 minutes before the they found themselves in a cul-de-sac in Mesquite.
   
Tuter initially told investigators he felt his life was threatened when he opened fire on Allen's truck on August 12, 2012. The officer told investigators he thought Allen was armed and attempted to ram his patrol car. However, dash camera video later revealed Tuter slammed his squad car into Allen's truck and cornered the suspect. There was no evidence Allen was armed or struck the patrol car.

In September of 2012, the Associated Press reported authorities were sifting through cellphone videos and photos from witnesses at the scene of the shooting.
         
Garland police placed Tuter on leave as they investigated the shooting and later determined he violated the department's use of force and chase policies. After their findings, Tuter was fired.
 

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