Garland officer on leave after killing pursuit suspect

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Posted on September 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 11 at 6:46 PM

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GARLAND — Garland police confirm that an officer fired 41 times during a pursuit that ended with a suspect dead last month.

Police tried to stop a truck on August 31. The suspect fled, leading officers on a high-speed chase that ended in a cul-du-sac in Mesquite.

Initially, investigators said 25-year-old Michael Vincent Allen tried to ram a squad car, so an officer opened fire.

Police now say that officer is the only one who fired his weapon, and he did it 41 times. They also said the suspect never rammed the officer's car.

The officer is now on extended leave with restricted-duty status pending results of the investigation. The identity of the seven-year veteran of the Garland force has not been released.

Mesquite police are heading up the criminal investigation of Allen's death.

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