It is not a wonderful time to be a police officer in Texas these days. Don Allen, 27, an off-duty Abilene police officer, was found dead in his own home by family members yesterday.
Investigators haven’t released details about the manner of death, but have described it as “clearly suspicious.”
“The circumstances behind his death indicate that the probable cause is homicide,” police Chief Stan Standridge told reporters. “Aside from that, I’m not going to comment any further. … I don’t want to say anything today that would compromise our ability to hold these people accountable.”
Texas Rangers are leading the investigation, with assistance from local police and the FBI.
Investigators haven’t yet pinpointed a motive, and are pursuing numerous leads as they try to track down suspects, Standridge said.
Allen was the only person inside the residence when found by family members, Standridge said.
But after Allen’s death, Standridge stressed that there was no “indication right now that random law enforcement personnel are being targeted.”
Still, he said, officers were shaken.
“The initial reaction was fear. Why was Officer Allen chosen? That speaks volumes as it relates to how vulnerable are we. … We look like we’re prepared for anything,” he said. “But the reality is, we’re just like you. We go to the same schools in this community. We attend the same churches. We eat at the same restaurants. We are just like you.”
Officer Allen had lived at his Clyde home for about a year, and according to reports, had been engaged to his fiancee since June. Neighbors noticed his garage door was uncharacteristically open at 6pm on Monday, about an hour before police first responded to the murder scene.
Most intriguing, from LEO:
Yet another officer has been killed this week in what is being described as having been planned by multiple parties to kill an Abilene police officer in his home. The slain officer has been identified as Don Allen by the chief of police. According to a local news source, Big Country Homepage, a search warrant for cell tower information included the following:
This ruling isn’t official, but a direct quote from the documents reads, “communication occurred between multiple parties to plan and carry out the murder. [The officer filing the warrant] believes cell towers within the ten mile radius will have captured transaction between the suspects who were involved in this murder.”