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Praying for Chief Darrell Allen


Marlin police Chief Darrell Allen remained in critical condition, but stable condition Monday at Scott & White Hospital after he was shot in the cheek while working security at a Temple nightclub, and the man accused of shooting him remained jailed in lieu of $750,000 bond.

Allen was initially scheduled for emergency surgery after the shooting early Sunday morning, but doctors revised their treatment plan.

Marlin police Capt. Damien Eaglin, who’s serving as acting chief, said Monday that Allen did undergo what he described as “cleanup surgery for his tracheotomy tube.

"Chief Allen was shot in the cheek,” Eaglin confirmed during a news conference Monday morning.

“I am not sure about the trajectory of the bullet

The shot shattered his jaw, officials said.

"I only expect Chief Allen to do one thing and that is what I know him to do—fight,” Eaglin said.

Allen had a good night and is "resting peacefully," he said.

Derrick Wayne Gamble, 24, remained in the Bell County Jail Monday, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting, which occurred at around 1:15 a.m. Sunday at the Laid Back Lounge II at 301 East Avenue B.

Allen was in uniform and working security at the club when he got into what police described as an altercation with a man whom he was trying to detain when he was shot.

It wasn’t immediately clear what started the altercation that led to the shooting, Temple police Lt. Brad Hunt said.

Allen had worked security at the club before, Eaglin said Monday.

Allen’s shooting won’t affect police services in Marlin, Eaglin said.

"We got everyone in the city together, informed officers what we want to do about the situation, and we informed them that we have to keep going,” he said.

“I know this was a blow to everyone but we still have a job to do as officers,” he said.

An account has been set up for donations to Allen at Member’s Choice Credit Union.

Donations may be made at branches in Marlin, Waco and Lacy Lakeview.

Allen has been police chief in Marlin since 2009, and has been a law enforcement officer since 1994.

Allen was seriously injured in an accident on Nov. 16, 2012 as he drove home from an off-duty security job in Waco and didn’t return to work until February 2013, and then on a limited basis as he underwent physical therapy.

He suffered a broken femur and head and other injuries in the one-vehicle crash on State Highway 6 north of Marlin.

In January 2011 he escaped serious injury when his patrol car hit a fence post during a high-speed chase through Falls County.

He was taken to Falls Community Hospital in Marlin where he was treated for minor injuries and later released.

The chase started after a Marlin police officer attempted to pull over a vehicle on Highway 6 whose driver refused to stop.

During the pursuit, Allen lost control of his patrol car on a gravel county road.

The car hit a fence post on the passenger side.

Allen assumed the chief’s job after he was appointed interim chief in August 2009 following the resignation of former Chief Tom Hamilton.
Allen joined the Marlin Police Department in September 2005 and was named assistant police chief in June 2006.

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