A professional bull rider was tragically shot dead on Monday by his on-again-off-again girlfriend after the couple attended the Utah State Fair. Police officials have described the horrific crime as an incident of domestic violence.
NEW: Some sad news to share about professional bull rider and @FortBendCounty native, 'Ouncie Mitchell' —@slcpd says the 27yo was killed in Salt Lake City on Monday — in a domestic-violence related shooting.
Tributes are now pouring in for the beloved cowboy.@KHOU pic.twitter.com/n1iqPerWgR
— Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) September 13, 2022
Professional Bull Rider Killed
Daily Mail reported that Demetrius Omar Lateef Allen, 27, who went by the name “Ouncie Mitchell” professionally in the world of bull riding, was found with “at least one gunshot wound” outside of the apartment of LaShawn Denise Bagley, 21.
Allen was reportedly taken to a local hospital where he eventually died of his wounds. He is survived by a four year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
Bagley has since been arrested and hit with a first-degree murder charge as well as a third-degree felony discharge of a firearm. Though he lived in Houston, Texas, Allen had traveled to Salt Lake City for the state fair, and he’d planned to stay with Bagley. As per police officials, Allen and Bagley had “on-and-off relationship” during his time there. It is believed that he met her in Houston, as she previously lived in a suburb there.
This video is from Sunday night at the Utah State Fair, which ended up being the last time "Ouncie Mitchell" (Demetrius Allen) would ever ride.
He was shot and killed later that night. Here's what his loved ones had to say: https://t.co/dNIr2Ec5NH
(Video: Charlene Spencer) pic.twitter.com/qxJP888gb7
— FOX 13 News Utah (@fox13) September 13, 2022
Police Reveal More About Shooting
Police said that Allen and Bagley had gone to the fair together before heading to a bar, where they got into an argument. This exchange got so heated the professional bull rider reportedly said he wanted to return to Bagley’s apartment to pack his belongings and leave.
As per court documents obtained by FOX 13, bullet holes were found in Bagley’s apartment leading the police to believe Allen was not inside when he was shot; pointing to Bagley shooting multiple times through a glass door.
The Salt Lake City Police Department stated, that there is “no indication of any forced entry or attempted forced entry into the apartment.” They also said this was an isolated incident that was related to a domestic dispute between Allen and Bagley, with the former being the aggressor.
“So we believe that this was an isolated situation, domestic related and there is no threat to the public at this time,” declared Detective Michelle Peterson.
Check out an old interview with Allen from 2018 below.
It’s the most dangerous organized sport in the world yet these cowboys keep bucking. Sat down with @PBR pro bull rider Ouncie Mitchell to talk about professional bull riding and what keeps him going after each ride! Catch the full story tonight on @KAGSnews #KAGS #bullriding pic.twitter.com/9mx2PQQy5k
— Kerrie Elena (@KAGSKerrie) July 20, 2018
Tributes For Allen
An accomplished bull rider, Allen was ranked 23rd in the sport with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Sean Gleason, commissioner and CEO of Professional Bull Riders, issued a statement paying tribute to Allen after news of his death broke.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Demetrius Allen, who fans knew as Ouncie Mitchell,” Gleason said. “Ouncie was a talented cowboy and a familiar face on the Velocity Tour. The PBR extends our heartfelt condolences to Ouncie’s cousin Ezekiel Mitchell and the entire family.”
We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Demetrius Allen, who fans knew as Ouncie Mitchell. Ouncie was a talented cowboy and a familiar face on the Velocity Tour. The PBR extends our heartfelt condolences to Ouncie’s cousin Ezekiel Mitchell and the entire family. pic.twitter.com/OrnU42quAa
— Sean Gleason (@pbrceo) September 12, 2022
Gleason went on to explain out Allen got his nickname because he “was born small,” adding that the professional bull rider, “grew up to compete with a huge heart.”
Allen’s Cousin Speaks Out
Mitchell, Allen’s cousin who is also a professional bull rider, spoke out to say, “I don’t understand and I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to understand. 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 added. “He was a once-in-a-lifetime person and a once-in-a-lifetime family member and friend and more so, a brother.”
"I've always had the mindset to dominate. As long as you speak it it'll happen. Even when I first got to the arena they was like, 'Hey you're gonna win.' I said, 'Man it's too easy.' That's my thing. I always make everything seem so simple."
Ivan McClellan. Ouncie Mitchell, 2021 pic.twitter.com/2WWrLworxF
— Miss Rosen (@Miss_Rosen) September 12, 2022
Bagley is being held without bond at the Salt Lake County Metro Jail as police continue to investigate the tragic incident.
While most people think of domestic abuse cases as only having men be the aggressors, this serves as a reminder that women can be domestic abusers as well. It’s sad that Allen has been cut down in the prime of his life, and we’d like you to join us in saying a prayer for his friends and family during this difficult time.