Breaking: Texas Police Chief Shot in Head, Hospitalized With ‘Life Threatening’ Wound

Marlin, Texas Police Chief Darrell Allan, 43, was shot in the head early Sunday morning while working off-duty but in uniform as security at a neighboring Temple nightclub as he and another Marlin officer attempted to detain a patron.

The patron, Derrick Gamble, 24, allegedly pulled a handgun and shot Chief Allan in the head, according to the Temple Daily Telegram.

Chief Darrell Allen and Derrick Gamble Police Photos WFAA
Chief Darrell Allen, left and Derrick Gamble, police photos via WFAA.


“Allan, 43, suffered a life-threatening head wound after a man shot him about 1:22 a.m. during an altercation at the Laid Back Lounge II, 301 E. Ave. B.

“The chief was in critical but stable condition Sunday at Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, police said. He was scheduled to have surgery, but the treatment plan changed.

“Derrick Wayne Gamble, 24, was arrested by Temple Police and charged with aggravated assault against a peace officer, a first-degree felony. Gamble was in the Bell County Jail Sunday awaiting arraignment.

“Allan, who was working with another off-duty Marlin officer at the bar, was trying to detain Gamble prior to the shooting.

“Gamble “pulled a gun from his jacket and shot the chief,” Temple Police Sgt. Allen Teston, a department spokesman, said.”

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