PALM SPRINGS POLICE RELEASE REPORT ON FATAL SHOOTING OF TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE

PALM SPRINGS POLICE RELEASE REPORT ON FATAL SHOOTING OF TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE

Palm Springs police shot Marine Cpl. Allan DeVillena six times in the upper body as he tried to drive away drunk from a parking ramp last November, according to documents obtained Tuesday by the Palm Springs Desert Sun. The report says he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18, more than two times the legal limit for driving, during the fatal confrontation November 10, 2012. DeVillena and Private First Class Clint Harris, then 23, both from the Twentynine Palms Marine Base, were celebrating the Marine Corps’ birthday in downtown Palm Springs and were briefly stopped by officers for public intoxication. Later, officers on bike patrol heard arguing in a parking structure just before 2 a.m. They found the same two men, one of them behind the wheel of a sedan, who both appeared intoxicated. The report says, “As officers were contacting DeVillena and Harris, DeVillena appeared intoxicated and put the sedan in drive in an attempt to flee…. Officer Nordman jumped in the passenger-side window in an attempt to stop him from fleeing and possibly hurting other pedestrians.” Both officers fired their weapons; DeVillena was shot six times, crashed into a concrete pillar, and was declared dead at the scene at 2:08 a.m. His cause of death is listed as multiple gunshot wounds.

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