DALLAS — A man was killed in an altercation with a Dallas police officer early Sunday morning.
A woman said a man she knew came to her apartment door in the 3300 block of Southern Oaks Boulevard around 12:30 a.m. and threatened her, adding that he had sent her numerous text messages saying he would kick in her door.
The woman would not let him enter. The man, identified as 25-year-old Clinton Roebexar Allen left, and she called 911, according to a statement from Dallas police.
After Officer Clark Staller spoke with the woman, he saw a man matching the description of the suspect jump over the railing of a first floor apartment.
The officer drew his weapon and called on Allen to show his hands. After Allen complied, Officer Staller — who was alone — radioed for assistance, placed his gun in his holster and drew his Taser, police said.
But then, Allen "aggressively" jumped over the fence toward the officer, grabbed his shirt collar, and the two men began to struggle, according to the police account. Officer Staller fired his Taser twice, but it had no effect. The fight continued with the two men flipping over a walkway railing and Allen attempting to choke the officer, "lifting him off his feet."
"Officer Staller could not breathe, and fearing for his life, drew his duty weapon and fired," the police statement said.
Allen was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Officer Staller, who has been with the department for nearly five years, suffered possible contusions to his neck, police said.
Police said Allen had been twice convicted on family violence assault charges and was most recently arrested in Irving two weeks ago for marijuana possession.