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Report: Officer rammed suspect, opened fire

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A Garland police officer emptied nearly three clips during a chase that ended in Mesquite with the suspect dead.

Mesquite police said 25-year-old Michael Vincent Allen was driving through Garland on Aug. 31. The Garland officers recognized his vehicle from an earlier chase and tried to pull him over.

Originally police said Allen was shot and killed by an officer who feared for his life because Allen had rammed his squad car.

But on Tuesday police clarified that the officer, not Allen, was the one who did the ramming.

That officer was also the only person to fire a weapon, a total of 41 times during the course of the chase.

The officer has been identified as Officer P. Tuter. He is a 7-year veteran of the force.

He was put on extended leave with restricted duty and his city-issued weapons were taken away.

While the Garland Police Department continues its internal investigation into the officer's behavior, the Mesquite Police Department will determine if he should face criminal charges.

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