Authorities have yet to release the bodycam footage from the moment Chase Allan was targeted by five cops on Wednesday but they say it shows an officer yelling ‘gun, gun, gun!’ after spotting the 25-year-old’s weapon.
It comes as videos and photos emerged of Allan at a shooting range in a 2018 Instagram post where he wrote ‘I can’t thank my grandpa enough for the shotgun!’
Separately Allan’s cousin published a strange statement on Facebook saying he feels ‘strongly that mistakes were made on both sides,’ adding ‘the police do or try to do good.’
Allan – who was described as a ‘gracious, loving soul‘ – was stopped by officers from the Farmington Police Department, in Davis County, Utah, for driving with an ‘illegitimate’ license plate on Wednesday.
Police who fired 12 shots at Chase Allan, 25, (pictured) during a traffic stop allege he had a handgun in his vehicle
Instagram photos from 2018 show Allan at a shooting range. He captioned the post: ‘First time skeet shooting, I can’t thank my grandpa enough for the shotgun! Someday I hope to pass it on’
Allan is survived by his mother Diane, father Kevin and sister Courtney
It is the same reason his mother Diane was pulled over in April last year, with court records showing she also drove with an expired registration.
He is said to have rolled down his window by only a few inches and refused to provide identification, asserting ‘his independence from the laws of the land.’
The cops allege they ‘exhausted multiple further attempts to persuade Mr Allan to cooperate’ and asked him to step outside his BMW 3-Series.
‘When Mr Allan refused to exit the vehicle, an officer opened the door to the car and another officer attempted to remove Mr Allan from the vehicle,’ the force said in a statement provided to KSL-TV.
‘At that time an observing officer yelled out the words ‘gun, gun, gun!’ A struggle which appeared to last only seconds ensued and gun shots could be heard.
‘Officers secured Mr Allan and began rendering aid to him.
‘An empty holster can be seen on Mr Allan’s right hip and a handgun can be seen lying on the driver side floorboard of the vehicle.’
Allan died in hospital later that day.
The department said it had not spoken with the cops involved and had only reviewed bodycam footage on the scene.
It added that video footage is only ‘one part’ of the investigation and recognized ‘understanding of the incident may change as more information and evidence is gathered and analyzed.’
Pictures from the scene show bulletholes in the 25-year-old’s car
Allan is said to have rolled down his window by only a few inches and refused to provide identification, asserting ‘his independence from the laws of the land’
Earlier reports revealed that cops were ordered to turn off their body cameras just minutes after the incident.
A 2018 Instagram post by Allan shows him at a shooting range.
The full caption read: ‘First time skeet shooting, I can’t thank my grandpa enough for the shotgun! Someday I hope to pass it on.’
On Friday night, his cousin Austin Allan appeared to defend the police in a lengthy post saying he doesn’t ‘know enough to judge for myself.’
‘All we initially knew was that Chase was here, then he wasn’t, and that he was apparently shot by police,’ Austin wrote on Facebook.
‘What do you do with that information? You defend your family, until there’s more evidence to say exactly what happened.
‘I believe that a majority of the time, the police do or try to do good. I try to put myself in their shoes.’
He added: ‘I feel strongly that mistakes were made on both sides. I wish people complied more, I wish police didn’t jump the gun.
‘Updates say Chase had a gun. I don’t know if the gun was next to Chase, if he had it in the passenger seat, on the floor, or if he never had a gun.’
The post continues: ‘I am angry at this whole situation though and wish I could just direct it at the police, but can’t say for sure, right now, that’s the right thing for me to personally do.
‘I just want justice, whatever that ends up being.
‘I miss my cousin. To me personally, I can’t see him pushing things so far, things don’t feel right to me, but feelings and facts aren’t the same thing.’
He goes on to pay tribute to Chase whom he labelled ‘a good man.’
Chase’s cousin Austin said he feels ‘strongly that mistakes were made on both sides’ in a Facebook post published on Friday night
It contrasts the statement given by the rest of the Allan family who say they found out about his ‘brutal murder’ through the media and accused cops of a cover-up.
A post shared by Allan’s mother Diane, read: ‘Police are stonewalling us. Our family has not been permitted to see Chase and has not been contacted by authorities or justice departments with information surrounding this investigation.
‘Our family was not properly notified of Chase’s death as next of kin. We found out about Chase’s death along with the entirety of our community via news reporters and articles written online.’
Allan graduated from Davis High School in 2016, before going to play soccer at UC-Davis and Utah State University.
His mother said that he’d been studying law in recent years.
‘He was a gracious, loving soul who was known by everyone in his community to be caring, thoughtful, and kind and would do anything for someone in need,’ she wrote.
‘He was always selflessly helping and protecting others in need.’
She added that her son had a ‘shy and quiet demeanor’ but was quick to make friends who she said will remember him fondly.
Diane, a real estate agent, sued the Farmington Police Department over a traffic stop in April last year.
According to court records, she said the police had no right to conduct that traffic stop.
Documents filed in federal court show Diane believed the city of Farmington’s rules didn’t apply to her as an independent resident of the state of Utah.
Allan represented herself in filing the lawsuit.
Allan’s mother, Diane (pictured) sued the Farmington Police Department over her own traffic incident. Both were stopped for driving with an expired license
Allan graduated from Davis High School in 2016, before going to play soccer at UC-Davis and Utah State University
As ‘one of the sovereign people of Utah,’ driving her own vehicle in Farmington, Allan argued she had an ‘inherent right’ to ‘access the public roads without her Liberty restrained,’ she wrote in the suit.
Allan claimed those rights were violated on April 7, 2022, when police pulled her over.
The Utah’s justice courts citation alleges Allan did not have a license with her as she drove on an expired registration.
Police at the time of Diane’s traffic offence said the expired registration was the reason for the stop, she disputed this reasoning.