TEMPLE (KCEN) — Marlin Police Chief Darrell Allen is in critical condition after he was shot in the head while working an off-duty security job at a bar in Temple.
The incident occurred on Sunday, November 1, at approximately 1:22 a.m. Chief Darrell Allen was working as uniformed security at the Laid Back Lounge II, located at 201 East Avenue B in Temple.
According to the Temple Police Department, an altercation occurred between Chief Allen and a suspect. Allen was attempting to detain the suspect when he was shot during the struggle.
Allen was transported by ambulance to Baylor Scott and White Hospital for treatment. His injuries are considered life-threatening.
The suspect in the shooting was identified as Derrick Wayne Gamble, 24, of Temple. The Bell County District Attorney’s Office has issued a complaint against Derrick Wayne Gamble for Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer. Gamble is in the Bell County Jail awaiting arraignment.
Woodway Police Chief Yost Zachary said that as of 12:45 p.m. Allen remained in critical but stable condition at Baylor Scott and White Hospital.
Allen remains in critical condition at Baylor Scott and White Hospital. He was undergoing surgery Sunday morning.
Temple Police Department Investigators and the Texas Rangers are actively working to gather evidence and interview patrons at the Laid Back Lounge.
In a statement, the Temple Police Department said that they “continue to provide support to Chief Allen, his family, and the Marlin Police Department.”
Allen has been in law enforcement since 1994. He has acted as Chief in Marlin since 2009.
This is a developing story. Updates will follow as more information is released.