Last month Aaron Alexis went on a shooting spree at the Navy Yard, killing 12 people. Yesterday Miriam Carey was gunned down by law enforcement after leading police on a high speed chase in Washington D.C. Alexis and Carey, both African-American, were reportedly mentally ill. Now Oregon State Police have released video of a shootout between an Army veteran and traffic officer that occurred in August.
In the video State Trooper Matt Zistel, 26, stops 34 year old Army Reserve engineer John Van Allen. At the time of the stop, Allen’s three kids are in the back seat. After Allen pulls over, he immediately gets out of his car and begins approaching Zistel’s police car. Zistel repeatedly warns Allen to get back in his car. After ignoring the officer and taking a few steps, Allen pulls a gun from his waistband and opens fire on the police officer.
Allen hits the trooper in the side but Zistel is still able to call for help, telling dispatch “Shots fired” and then moments later, “I’ve been hit in the side. I’m okay.”
Allen gets back into his vehicle and takes off but is later found slumped over behind the wheel after having suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, according to The Oregonian.
No one has revealed a motive for Allen’s behavior on the day of the incident. Relatives say Allen’s actions were out of character.
Zistel was treated for his injury and later released. He has been with the police for five years.
Watch the video here: