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Garland officer indicted for killing man after chase

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The officer who reportedly unloaded nearly three clips on a man following a police chase has been indicted on manslaughter charges.

Grand jurors decided former Garland police officer Patrick Tuter should go to trial.

Mesquite police said Tuter shot and killed Michael Allen after a high-speed chase into their city in August 2012.

"At least he was indicted," said Allen's father, Randy. "I don't know what our chances are of getting him convicted, but at least this is good for me."

Tuter allegedly chased Allen into a cul-de-sac. And when Allen turned his truck around, dash cam video shows Tuter rammed it to prevent his escape.

Sources close to the investigation told FOX 4 the officer initially opened fire on Allen while still in his squad car.

When the vehicles disengaged and Allen's pickup kept moving, the sources said Tuter got out of his squad car, reloaded and continued firing. He reloaded again and shot a total of 41 rounds at Allen.

Allen was unarmed at the time.

The former officer said he opened fire because he "eared for his life and thought the suspect had a gun, according to his attorney.

Tuter had been with the Garland Police Department for seven years. He was fired in March.

FOX 4 has tried to reach Tuter's attorney for their reaction, but he has not responded.

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