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Family members say suspect in officer involved shooting did not possess a weapon

Allen was shot and killed by a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer Monday night. (Image WTVC)

Parents of Brian Patrick Allen, a man killed by a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer, understandably declined to interview with News Channel 9 about the incident as they grieve the loss of their son. They did tell our reporter they did not believe Allen was holding a weapon when officers fired at him.

Allen, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene of an officer involved shooting Monday night. During a press conference, spokesmen for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol say Allen pulled a weapon after leading officers on a low-speed chase.

Past court documents show Allen lived on Middle Valley Lane on the same street he died. Chris Davis lives six houses down. He heard sirens chasing Allen's car Monday night.

"There was a state trooper behind him, probably 10 feet behind him, running 30-35 miles an hour probably," he said. Davis says he then heard what sounded like six gun shots. "After that it got pretty hectic as far as police coming in and everything else. There was probably 20 to 25 cars coming in a matter of about 5 or 10 minutes."

News Channel 9 requested a criminal history report by the TBI. That showed Allen had several run-ins with the law. According to Hamilton County's criminal court records, Allen plead guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon in 1991 and was sentenced to 3 years in the Department of Corrections. He was also sentenced to 3 years for felony aggravated assault in 1999.

In Monday's conference, Lt. John Harmon said when officers ran Allen's license it "came back revoked." It's unclear why, but Hamilton County sessions court records show Allen had several speeding charges where he paid fines, and a driver's licence law violation that was dismissed. His history also includes a guilty plea for driving an unregistered vehicle.

After family members said they believed Allen had no weapon during the incident, News Channel 9 followed up with the sheriff's office, but because the investigation is still active, the agency was unable to comment.

Neighbors say they'll hold back on their judgement before learning the full details.

"It's a sad situation for everyone in my opinion," said Davis. "There have just been a lot of people doggin' the man out without knowing the full stats of it and everything else."

At this time, officers have no released the name of the trooper involved in the shooting.

Read Allen's full autopsy report below:

Depend on us to keep you posted on this story with new developments.


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