Texas officer fired for 'use of force violation' in fatal shooting
Officer claimed he 'feared for his life', fired total of 41 shots at suspect
GARLAND, Texas — Officials with the Garland Police Department have terminated one of their officers. Patrick Tuter was fired for violating department pursuit and use of force policies.
The firing stems from events on August 31, 2012 and ended with then Officer Tuter shooting suspect Michael Vincent Allen more than three dozen times.
Tuter had said he feared for his life and opened fire on the suspect. Detectives later learned he had fired as many as 41 shots at Allen, actually hitting him three times. Allen died at the scene.