Family of man killed by Garland officer relieved after indictment

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on November 12, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 5:53 PM

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WYLIE –– Randy Allen stood in his front yard on Tuesday with his wife, who clutched a portrait of their late son. He said he felt relieved –– a day prior, the Garland officer who fired 41 shots into his son’s truck last year was indicted for manslaughter by a Dallas County grand jury. 

“My heart was full of joy when I heard it this morning,” said Randy Allen. 

On Aug. 31, 2012, Ofc. Patrick Tuter noticed a truck that matched the description of a pickup involved in a Sachse police chase earlier in the week. Behind the wheel was Michael Vincent Allen, a 25-year-old who lived in Wylie. 

Following a 30-minute chase that exceeded speeds of 100 miles per hour, dash cam footage showed Tuter slamming into Allen's truck in a cul-de-sac in Mesquite. Tuter opened fire on the truck 41 times, striking Allen with three of those bullets. 

“I don’t understand how anyone can have that much hate in them to do what he did,” Randy Allen said. “He shot, reloaded, shot, reloaded and shot again. I want an explanation.” 

Tuter initially told investigators that he thought Allen was armed and was trying to ram his patrol car. He said he felt his life was in danger. The dash camera video later raised doubts as to Tuter’s claims. Tuter cornered Allen and opened fire –– there was no evidence Allen was armed. 

The 25-year-old had an outstanding warrant for running from police a few days before the shooting. Tuter, a 6-year veteran, was fired and the case was forwarded to a grand jury. The investigation found the officer violated its use of force policy. 

“Randy and I have said in the beginning he didn’t do the right thing. But he didn’t deserve what he got in the end,” said Stephanie Allen, the victim’s mother. 

Tuter is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Dallas County Jail. Allen left behind a 5-year-old girl.

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