Garland officer fired after killing suspect
GARLAND, Texas (AP) — A Garland police officer was fired after an investigation into a chase in which a fleeing suspect died after being shot at 41 times.
The Dallas Morning News reports Officer Patrick Tuter was fired Friday. Authorities say Tuter shot and killed Michael Vincent Allen of Wylie after the high-speed chase in August 2012.
Allen was wanted for running from Sachse (SAK’-see) police days earlier. Dashboard cameras revealed that Tuter slammed his squad car into Allen’s truck and then fired at him.
Tuter told investigators he thought Allen had a gun. Allen was unarmed.
Garland police spokesman Joe Harn says Tuter violated the department’s pursuit and the use of force policies.
A call to Tuter’s attorney was not immediately returned Saturday. A number for Tuter could not be found.