Off-duty Marine fatally shot by Palm Springs police
Palm Springs police fatally shot an off-duty Marine who allegedly ran over an officer during a confrontation in a parking structure, authorities said Monday.
The incident began shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday when two officers on bike patrol saw the Marine driving a black Chrysler with another man in the passenger seat.
The two men allegedly began shouting derogatory remarks at the officers, according to the Palm Springs Police Department.
The department said an officer repeatedly asked the driver to stop the car but that he failed to do so. One of the officers climbed partially into the passenger side window to try to stop the vehicle, according to police.
"The suspect accelerated directly toward the second officer, striking him, and continued on with the initial officer suspended from the passenger side window," police said in a statement.
The vehicle crashed near an exit at the structure at 275 S. Indian Canyon Drive.
"Fearing for their safety and the safety of others," the statement said, "both officers discharged their weapons."
The Marine was pronounced dead at the scene. The Desert Sun identified him as Cpl. Allan DeVillena.
Relatives could not be reached Monday night for comment. But on a Facebook page, a woman who identified herself as an aunt said that DeVillena was 22 years old and had served in Afghanistan. He was in the vehicle with another Marine and was stationed at TwentyNine Palms, the woman said.
She wrote that DeVillena was shot for no apparent reason. "This is a senseless act that should have never happened," she wrote.
— Robert J. Lopez