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
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
"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