A recent Utah college graduate was shot multiple times by police during a traffic stop in early March after officers saw him reach for a gun, body camera video shows.
Farmington, Utah, police officers pulled over Chase Allen, 25, after seeing an illegal license plate on the BMW he was driving at 3:22 p.m. on March 1. Wednesday.
When the officer told Allen he was being pulled over because the car had no registration, Allen said, “I don’t need a registration and I don’t answer questions.” The officer called for backup and four other officers arrived at the scene.
The clerk continued to ask for identification and Allen, after repeated refusals, provided a passport.
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“If you want my identification, you’re going to be under duress and you’re taking surety and custody of it and you’re going to be responsible for any debts you’re trying to run up here,” Allen told the officer.
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“You’re not allowed to stop me,” Alan said before handing over his passport.
When the policeman reads the passport, Alan says, “That’s not me. It’s a piece of plastic paper.”
“So you have a fake passport?” the officer asked, to which Allen replied no.
The officer then asked Allen to step out of the car, and he replied, “No, I don’t have to.”
“If you don’t get out of the car, we’ll break the window and pull you out,” said one officer.
“We’re going to have a problem,” Allen replies to the officer.
One of the officers reached to pull Allen from the car and another officer yelled “gun, gun, gun!” Multiple officers can be seen in the body camera video, then shooting Allen multiple times. Police say there was a holster under Allen’s jacket and say “the holster had a flexing motion” just before police opened fire.
Officials also said there was “movement of his arm near his holster” before police fired, adding that a gun was located on the floor of the front seat after Allen was shot and removed from the car. Police also noted that Allen’s holster was empty after he was removed from the car.
Police officers can be seen treating Allen after he was shot, but he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
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Five officers have been placed on administrative leave as a result of the shooting, per department policy, officials said.
Allen’s family told Fox News Digital in an earlier statement that Chase’s death was a “brutal homicide,” saying they were not notified of his passing by officials, only from local media reports that he had died.
“The police are blocking us. Our family has not been allowed to see Chase and has not been approached by authorities or court departments with information surrounding this investigation. Chase lived at home with his parents in Farmington. Our family was not properly notified of Chase’s death as a next of kin. We learned of Chase’s death along with our entire community through news reporters and articles written online,” the family said in a statement.
“We’ve learned more from the media coverage of what happened than anywhere else right now. Officers say it was a routine traffic stop, but the officer required multiple other officers to come to the scene several blocks before the stop. This led to Chase’s brutal murder at the hands of 5 Farmington Police Officers, they shot him while he was still in his car and probably terrified for his safety. More than 12 rounds were fired at him while he was still in the car with the engine running and lights on when reporters arrived,” Allen’s family added.
According to the statement, Allen graduated from Utah State University and “always selflessly helped and protected others in need.” He played football at the University of California, Davis and the University of Utah.
“He studied law for the past few years and was a patriot, doing what he could to protect people’s freedom and freedom in his community,” the statement said. “Chase Linde Allen was a kind, loving soul who was known by all in his community as caring, considerate and kind and would do anything for someone in need.”