A professional bull rider was reportedly shot to death by his on-again, off-again girlfriend after competing in a tournament in Utah on Monday, and now she is sitting behind bars and being held without bail for his murder.
Known professionally as “Ouncie Mitchell,” 27-year-old Demetrius Omar Lateef Allen 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 is survived by a 4-year-old daughter, whose mother was his previous partner named Nyteshea Haywood.
On-and-off girlfriend charged with murder after killing professional bull rider
Bagley has since been charged with first-degree murder and third-degree felony with a firearm, the outlet reports.
Before his death, Allen had traveled to Salt Lake City from Houston to compete in a rodeo at the Utah State Fair, and was willing to stay with Begley while he was there.
Salt Lake City police described their relationship as “on and off.”
Pro Bull Rider Demetrius Omar Lateef Allen, also known as Ouncie Mitchell, was killed in Utah late Monday night in what Salt Lake City police are calling a domestic violence homicide. https://t.co/YGwne2noAn pic.twitter.com/fa2ddrKMPd
— Tenn Texas Radio (@TennTexasRadio) September 12, 2022
In fact, the couple attended the fair and rodeo together and then went to a nearby bar, where they got into an argument.
Allen allegedly said he wanted to go back home to get his things and leave, police said, and was fatally shot after returning to Bagley’s apartment, according to court documents.
An investigation found that it took place in the apartment’s parking lot, and there was “no indication of forced entry or attempted forced entry into the apartment,” police went on to say.
Allen never tried to force his way into Bagley’s apartment, even though she shot him through the glass door.
A witness also told police that Allen did not try to force his way into Bagley’s apartment.
Evidence shows he 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 nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead, the outlet reports.
Ouncie Mitchell stole the show when he completed an 8 second ride to win the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo! Will we be seeing this Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour regularly in Tryon, NC June 25-26? pic.twitter.com/O1Gdf3YwIX
— PBR (@PBR) June 20, 2021
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has Allen ranked 23rd in the world as a bull rider.
Slain bull rider was ranked 23rd in the world at the time of his death, described as a “talented cowboy”
Professional Bull Riders Commissioner and CEO Sean Gleason called Ouncie “a gifted cowboy” and said it was difficult to understand his death, adding that “I would give the shirt to anybody, why would you take his life? ”
“I don’t understand and I don’t know how long it will take me to understand,” Mitchell said. “The guy who would give anyone his shirt, why would you take his life?
Every time I put my hand on a bull rope from now on, it will be him right 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 big heart.”
Girlfriend being held in Salt Lake County Metropolitan Jail without bond, investigation ongoing
Meanwhile, authorities have called the incident isolated, saying it was related to a domestic dispute between Bagley and Allen, and that “there was no threat to the public at this time.”
Bagley is being held in the Salt Lake County Metropolitan Jail without bond.
An investigation into the deadly shooting remains ongoing, according to detectives with the Salt Lake City Police Department.
This is the 10th homicide in Salt Lake City for 2022.