Chase Suspect's Family Mourning His Death - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Chase Suspect's Family Mourning His Death



    The family of 25-year-old Michael Allen, who was killed after a chase with Garland Police, got their first look at his bullet-riddled truck. (Published Monday, Sept. 17, 2012)

    Investigators have returned the truck where a 25-year-old man was fatally shot by a Garland police officer to the man's family.

    Michael Allen, 25, was fatally shot after a high-speed police chase ended in Mesquite on Aug. 31.

    "I couldn't really get close to the truck," said his mother, Stephanie Allen. "Just to know that he died in there was too much for me and my husband. He never hurt anyone. He may have messed up, but he didn't deserve this."

    The Allens said they will keep the tarp closed on the pickup truck so the wounds don't open up again.

    "It's reliving a nightmare," Stephanie Allen said. "I may never have closure over this, ever."

    An internal Garland police investigation found that the officer, Patrick Tuter, fired as many as 41 shots at Michael Allen. Allen didn't assault the officer or return fire, investigators said.

    "In my eyes, he was the best big brother he could be," said Tyler Allen, Allen's younger brother.

    Garland police are still investigating why the officer fired as many times as he did.

    Michael Allen was wanted on suspicion of fleeing police in Sachse a few days earlier.

    "None of this would have occurred if he would have simply stopped when we turned the emergency lights on and pulled him over," Garland police spokesman Officer Joe Harn said.

    Mesquite police are conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting.