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Calif. Cops Forced to Kill Marine

November 13, 2012  | 

Photo via Facebook.
Photo via Facebook.

Palm Springs (Calif.) Police officers shot and killed a U.S. Marine early Saturday, after he struck a bicycle officer with a vehicle and dragged a second officer who reached into the vehicle to turn off the ignition.

Cpl. Allan DeVillena II died after he was shot in the parking structure. DeVillena's passenger, Pfc. Clint Harris, was arrested for public intoxication and an outstanding warrent.

The officers came upon a Chrysler 300 in the parking structure and confronted the two Marines, who began yelling at the officers and refused to leave.

Family members of DeVillena created a Facebook page in his honor where they demanded prosecution of the officers, reports the Desert Sun.

Comments (6)

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michael @ 11/13/2012 6:30 PM

OK, lets make demands for prosecution of the police officers by the parents and lets add civil suit on it too. I would like to look at this young mans life and back ground to see where he came from and what he was into. It smells like there is a history here prior to the USMC. I know from first hand experience most military personnel do not want to have any problems with local LEO's and are very respectful when contacted. On the other side of the coin, I think the military needs to do a better back ground check on these people before we let in.

S.S @ 11/14/2012 8:31 AM

All it takes is one act of stupidity and it all goes downhill from there. I won't refer to this man as a Marine. Cause he is not. Just based on his actions alone. This guy got drunk was given a chance and instead of calling it a night went further in his stupidity along with his friend. On top of it they assault 2 police officers who were there for a reason, and instead of shutting off the car like the officers asked they decided it would be cool to try to evade and even try to run over the officers. Well that decision cost him his life. Now the family wants justice....for what? He got what he asked for. He made his decision. I've gone over to the facebook page that was posted for him, and I'm not going to respond to it. Cause it was put up by people who obviously cared about him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the officers involved. I'm glad to hear that you all will be ok physically, and hopefully will be "no billed". You all did your jobs and got to go home.

scpdblue @ 11/15/2012 5:17 AM

Well said michael and s.s

Rick @ 11/15/2012 11:20 AM

Poor police work; if the officer had not attempted to keep the driver from fleeing by going inside the vehicle, there would have been a police chase. Since they already had contact with this guy, they know that he's a Marine and could have contacted the local Provost Marshall's Office for assistance in capturing the Marine once he reported back to work (if he escaped the chase). The result of poor police work is one dead Marine and two injured officers.

Tom Ret @ 11/15/2012 5:28 PM

Rick, I see the situation differently. It appears that the Marine was mostly responsible for his own death by the decisions he made when contacted by the police. One can argue that the police should have done this or that but it was ultimately the suspect's idea to flee which put the officers lives in danger. If they had let the Marine drive off and he later hit another driver or pedestrian then the officers would be criticized for not stopping him in the first place. Was the Marine drunk and involved in other illegal activity prior to the contact? Being a Marine does not give one immunity from getting killed while acting stupidly. I would guess that the Marine Corps does not view this Marine's behavior as sterling and upholding the traditions of the Corps.

S.S @ 11/16/2012 7:28 AM

Rick I take it you're not in law enforcement? Based on your stupid comment.

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