Dad Says Marine Shot by Police Was "Smarter Than That."
PALM SPRINGS--The father of a Camp Pendleton Marine based at 29 Palms Marine Base shot and killed by police in Palm Springs said the actions described by officials are uncharacteristic of his son.
Cpl. Allan DeVillena, 22, was shot and killed Saturday during a confrontation with police officers in the downtown area of Palm Springs.
"He's not the type to start anything let alone with a police officer. He was smarter than that," said Allan DeVillena Sr.
DeVillena said he has questions about the police officers' actions.
"No. There was no just cause," he said. "It's just not in him."
Officials say DeVillena used his car as a weapon against two officers, who the department said fired on the Marine and his passenger out of fear for their safety and the safety of others.
“One of the officers climbed partially through the passenger side window attempting to stop the vehicle,” said Palm Springs Chief of Police Al Franz. “The suspect accelerated directly towards the second officer, striking him and continued on with the initial officer suspended in the passenger side window. The suspect continued driving before crashing the vehicle near the exit.”
At just 22 years old, DeVillena II had already survived one tour in Afghanistan. DeVillena Sr. said his son had a lot of friends and stayed close with family despite his deployment.
De Villena II was based at Camp Pendleton but stationed at Twentynine Palms.
The passenger in DeVillena II's vehicle was not injured.
The two officers involved were injured in the confrontation but treated and released from the hospital. Both have been placed on administrated leave during the investigation.