Marlin police chief dies after being shot working off-duty

Allen had been in law enforcement since 1994. He had acted as Chief in Marlin since 2009.

TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a Central Texas police chief who was shot just over a week ago while working an off-duty security job at a bar in Temple has died.

Temple police say Darrell Allen, the chief in the town of Marlin, died Tuesday afternoon. His body was then taken with a police escort to Dallas for an autopsy.

Authorities say Allen was shot while trying to detain 24-year-old Derrick Wayne Gamble at the bar on Nov. 1. Gamble remained in Bell County jail on Tuesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond is $750,000. Jail records don’t list an attorney for him.

Allen had been chief in Marlin, a town of some 6,000 about 30 miles northeast of Temple, since 2009. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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