11/20/2015 - DA’s Office Releases Report on Death of John Allen


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The Clark County District Attorney’s Office has completed its review of the March 29, 2015, death of John Allen, and determined that the actions of Boulder City Police Department (Boulder City) officers were legally justified.

The report released today describes the events that led to Mr. Allen’s death. On the evening of March 29, 2015, Mr. Allen’s neighbor called 9-1-1 to report his erratic behavior. The neighbor said Mr. Allen was outside of her apartment, he had a gun, and he had fired the gun multiple times and told her he was going to commit suicide.

Boulder City officers arrived at the apartment building and saw Mr. Allen standing on the second floor of the building, near the apartment of the neighbor who had just called 9-1-1. Officers identified themselves as police and told Mr. Allen to "show his hands." Mr. Allen did not comply with the officers’ commands. Instead, he ran down the stairs to his apartment on the first floor and went inside. Mr. Allen then ran out of his apartment and aimed his gun at one of the officers and said, "I’ll show you my hands," as he fired one time at one of the officers. Two officers fired at Mr. Allen, striking him twice in the torso and grazing his calf. Mr. Allen fell onto the sidewalk. Both officers approached Mr. Allen and one of them kicked Mr. Allen’s gun so it was out of his reach. Emergency responders were called, and Mr. Allen was taken by helicopter to University Medical Center where he was declared dead.

An autopsy revealed that Mr. Allen died from two gunshot wounds to his torso, and that his blood alcohol level was 0.14, which is nearly twice the legal limit for intoxication.

"Neighbors called 9-1-1 when Mr. Allen fired his weapon outside of their apartment, clearly disregarding the safety of those in the area. He then ignored officers’ commands and shot at them during their encounter," said District Attorney Steve Wolfson. "The officers’ actions protected the other residents, and themselves, from being harmed."

A Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review was held on November 13, 2015. The determination that the officers acted lawfully in this situation is based upon the evidence available at this time. The case could be reexamined if new information comes to light.

The full report is available on the District Attorney’s Web page.

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