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Texas Cop Fired for Deadly 41-Round Fusillade

March 04, 2013  | 

The Garland (Texas) Police Department has fired an officer, after an investigation revealed he fired 41 shots at a fleeing, unarmed suspect.

Officer Patrick Tuter shot and killed Michael Vincent Allen after a 30-minute high-speed pursuit that began in Garland and ended in a Mesquite cul-de-sac. Officer Tuter began pursuing the 25-year-old Allen, because he had fled from Sachse Police the day before. Officer Tuter, who reloaded twice after opening fire, told investigators he believed Allen was armed.

"Tuter has been fired because he was found in violation of two general orders of our department," Joe Harn, Garland PD spokesman, told the Dallas Morning News. "He violated our pursuit policy as well as our use of force policy."

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william @ 3/5/2013 4:21 AM

Well that took long anough. What about the theft of the camara and photo's of the crime seen?

Hunter2020 @ 3/5/2013 10:41 AM

The officer was the one in the hot seat who had to make the call. The suspect had already run from another department, and the officer had been in involved in a 30 min. high speed pursuit with the same suspect. It was a safe bet the suspect was armed and willing to use it. It apparently was a rapidly evolving situation! Now the departments politicians are throwing him to the WOLVES by stating SOP breaches, what a way to back your officers! Way to go Garland P.D.

Doug M. @ 3/5/2013 3:14 PM

The pursuit was probably a bad idea, especially being out of policy. That taints the shooting, probably past the point of recovery. However, the shooting itself is not as bothersome; it has to be objectively reasonable, based on what the officer knew at the time. The later determination that the offender was unarmed is not itself relevant. However, the ability to explain the shooting decision has to be present, and from the very little information we have, I bet he can't get there from here.

Bob @ VA @ 3/6/2013 10:02 AM

Guidelines exist to protect both officers and the public. High-speed chases should be rare with all the tools now available to LE. More and more departments carefully regulate such pursuits as a result. And 41 rounds at a cornered, unarmed suspect? Officer Tuter couldn't take time between the two reloads to notice if the suspect was shooting back? If an armed citizen did that, they'd go to jail forever.

Further research showed that Officer Tuter lied about what happened and that he and other officers destroyed critical video evidence of the shooting. Fortunately, the only evidence that they couldn't or didn't destroy was Tuter's cruiser's dash cam video and that was enough to prove what really happened and that Tuter lied about the shooting.

Allen was a dirt bag with a record, but the officer did not have the authority or right to execute him. Allen is no longer alive to be thrown to the wolves. No department should back officers who lie and destroy evidence to cover up their bad shootings. Garland taxpayers will pay big on this one.

Trigger @ 3/6/2013 11:21 AM

When was the last time he qualified??

Jim A @ 3/6/2013 8:21 PM

This sounds really ugly - and expensive.

FM Fleming @ 3/8/2013 12:23 PM

Someone need to give him a roll of quarters and send him to the arcade. If you run from the police, it's because you have done something wrong and all bets are out the window. I promise my family, that when my tour is over I'm coming home. That day, that officer went home and a bad guy died! Boo Hoo

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