Police: Homicide suspected in off-duty Texas officer’s death

CNN – by Catherine E. Shoichet

The death of an off-duty officer in Texas is being treated as a homicide, police said Tuesday.

Abilene Officer Don Allen was found dead Monday inside his home in Clyde. Investigators haven’t released details about the manner of death, but have described it as “clearly suspicious.”  

“The circumstances behind his death indicate that the probable cause is homicide,” police Chief Stan Standridge told reporters. “Aside from that, I’m not going to comment any further. … I don’t want to say anything today that would compromise our ability to hold these people accountable.”

Texas Rangers are leading the investigation, with assistance from local police and the FBI.

Investigators haven’t yet pinpointed a motive, and are pursuing numerous leads as they try to track down suspects, Standridge said.

Allen was the only person inside the residence when found by family members, Standridge said.

The officer’s death comes days after the shooting death of a deputy in Harris County, Texas, which has sparked allegations that targeting of law enforcement officers could be on the rise.

But after Allen’s death, Standridge stressed that there was no “indication right now that random law enforcement personnel are being targeted.”

Still, he said, officers were shaken.

“The initial reaction was fear. Why was Officer Allen chosen? That speaks volumes as it relates to how vulnerable are we. … We look like we’re prepared for anything,” he said. “But the reality is, we’re just like you. We go to the same schools in this community. We attend the same churches. We eat at the same restaurants. We are just like you.”

Standridge described Allen as a “great man and great peace officer” who loved his job and always did it with a smile.

“Officer Allen was a true public servant,” City Manager Robert Hanna told reporters. “In speaking with his academy classmates, I found myself hoping for more officers like him.”

Allen’s classmates described him as a jovial soul and someone who helped support his fellow officers.

“He’s the type of servant … the type of person we want in this organization,” Hanna said.


4 thoughts on “Police: Homicide suspected in off-duty Texas officer’s death

  1. “But the reality is, we’re just like you???” You certainly are NOT like ANY of us! WE don’t shoot unarmed men, women and children! You do everyday! WE would NEVER cover for a murderer that did shoot unarmed women, children and men and EVERY one of you do everyday! WE would never rob anyone and ALL of you do everyday! WE do not see all others not in uniform as the enemy and ALL of you see us as such everyday! Is it any wonder that WE are seeing you ALL as our enemies! What do you think (ASSuming you have that capacity) would be the result of YOUR behavior? 100% compliance or building hatred leading to US targeting you ALL and hopefully ALL your trainers as well as those that wrote the tests that chose you low I.Q. thugs to terrorize us using the cover of law which any adult now sees as permission for judaic perfidy.

  2. Things are looking up. Instead of one of us being killed everyday, now it’s one of them being killed everyday, and I’m sure this pig deserved the fate he received.

    He may have killed someone’s dog, molested someone’s wife, or beat the crap out of someone to amuse himself, but it looks like he was tracked down to his house and killed, just as criminal pigs should be.

    Good news all around, because it also means we’re headed closer to the only solution we’ve been left with. Let’s see who wins tomorrow’s dead pig award.

    You don’t piss off 100 million people without suffering a little payback. That’s the way it goes. He should have read and respected the Bill of Rights, and he’d be alive today, but it was more fun for him to be a stinking pig bastard, and he got what he deserved for it.

    1. I’m glad the piece of crap is dead, and I hope his wife and babies starve to death in the street without his ill-gotten paycheck.

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