A professional bull rider was shot dead by his on-again off-again girlfriend after competing in a tournament in Utah Monday, and now she’s sitting behind bars and being held without bond in his killing.
Known professionally as “Ouncie Mitchell,” Demetrius Omar Lateef Allen, 27, was discovered with “at least one gunshot wound” outside an apartment belonging to 21-year-old LaShawn Denise Bagley, according to Fox 13 Now.
He’s survived by a 4-year-old daughter, who’s mother was his previous partner named Nyteshea Haywood.
On-Again, Off-Again Girlfriend Charged With Murder After Killing Professional Bull Rider
Bagley has since been charged with first-degree murder and third-degree felony discharge of a firearm, the outlet reports.
Prior to his death, Allen had traveled to Salt Lake City from Houston to compete at a rodeo at the Utah State Fair, and was set to stay with Begley while there.
Salt Lake City Police described their relationship as “on-again off-again”
Pro Bull Rider, Demetrius Omar Lateef Allen aka Ouncie Mitchell was killed in Utah overnight Monday in what Salt Lake City police are calling a domestic violence homicide. https://t.co/YGwne2noAn pic.twitter.com/fa2ddrKMPd
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The couple actually attended the fair and rodeo together and later left to go to a nearby bar, where they got into an argument.
Allen allegedly said he wanted to go back to her place to get his things and leave, police said, and was fatally shot after arriving back at Bagley’s apartment, court documents read.
An investigation uncovered that it took place in the parking lot of the apartment, with there being “no indication of any forced entry or attempted forced entry into the apartment,” police went on to say.
Allen Never Tried To Force Way Into Bagley’s Apartment, Despite Her Shooting Him Through Glass Door
A witness similarly told police that Allen did not attempt to force his way into Bagley’s apartment.
Evidence shows that she fired multiple rounds through the glass door, and hit Allen in the torso according to a report obtained by FOX 13.
Allen was rushed to a nearly hospital where he was later pronounced dead, the outlet reports.
Ouncie Mitchell stole the show when he completed a rank 8-second ride to win the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo! Will we see this Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour regular in Tryon, NC, June 25-26? pic.twitter.com/O1Gdf3YwIX
— PBR (@PBR) June 20, 2021
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has Allen ranked number 23rd in the world as a bull rider.
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The commissioner and CEO of Professional Bull Riders, Sean Gleason, called Ouncie “a talented cowboy,” and said it was hard to understand his death, adding “he would give the shirt off his back to anybody, why would you take his life away?”
“I don’t understand and I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to understand,” Mitchell said. “The guy that would give the shirt off his back to anybody, why would you take his life away?
Every time I put my hand on a bull rope from now on it’ll be him right there in the back of my mind. He was a once-in-a-lifetime person and a once-in-a-lifetime family member and friend and more so, a brother.”
Gleason noted the meaning behind Allen’s nickname “Ouncie Mitchell.”
— Buckles and Bulls (@BucklesandBulls) July 17, 2018
“Ouncie got his name because he was born small,” Gleason said. “He grew up to compete with a huge heart.”
Girlfriend Being Held At Salt Lake County Metro Jail Without Bond, Investigation Ongoing
Meanwhile, authorities called the incident isolated and said it was related to a domestic disputed between Bagley and Allen, and there was “no threat to the public at this time.”
Bagley is being held at the Salt Lake County Metro Jail without bond.
An investigation into the deadly shooting remains ongoing, according to detectives at the Salt Lake City Police Department.
This is the tenth homicide in Salt Lake City for 2022.