Professional bull rider Demetrius Omar Lateef Allen, 27, is shot dead ‘by his on-and-off girlfriend, LaShawn Denise Bagley, 21, after argument at Utah State Fair on Sept. 12
Allen, known professionally as ‘Ouncie Mitchell,’ traveled from Houston to Salt Lake City to compete in a rodeo at the Utah State Fair and arranged to stay with Bagley during his trip
The pair got into an argument at the fair and headed back to her apt., so Allen could pack his bags and leave when Bagley allegedly killed him
Allen was standing outside the apt when Bagley fired multiple rounds through the apartment’s glass door, striking Allen once through his torso
Bagley was arrested on charges of murder and felony discharge of a firearm
A professional bull rider was shot dead in Salt Lake City on Monday by his on-and-off girlfriend after the pair attended the Utah State Fair, police said.
Salt Lake City Police found Demetrius Omar Lateef Allen, 27, known professionally as ‘Ouncie Mitchell,’ with ‘at least one gunshot wound’ outside an apartment belonging to LaShawn Denise Bagley, just after midnight on Monday, September 12.
Allen was taken to a hospital where he died, according to police.
21-year-old Bagley has been taken into custody following a fatal shooting overnight in Salt Lake City’s Ballpark neighborhood. SLCPD said the shooting was domestic-violence related.
Allen is survived by a 4-year-old daughter that he shares with previous partner, Nyteshea Haywood.
Bagley has been charged with first-degree murder and third-degree felony discharge of a firearm.
Allen had traveled to Salt Lake City from Houston to compete at a rodeo at the Utah State Fair and had arranged to stay with Bagley, whom Salt Lake City Police say Allen had a ‘on-and-off relationship’ with, during his trip.
Allen is assumed to have first met Bagley in Houston, where his residence is currently listed and where Bagley previously lived nearby in the suburb of Pearland.
Detectives in Utah believe Allen came to Salt Lake City to attend the State Fair and arranged to stay with Bagley. After attending the fair, Allen and Bagley went to a downtown bar where they got into an argument.
The pair had attended the fair together and later left for a bar. They then had an argument in which Allen said he wanted to return to Bagley’s apartment to pack his things, police said.
Upon arrival at the scene in the parking lot of the apartment complex, police discovered bullet holes coming from a nearby apartment belonging to Bagley.
Blood evidence was investigated outside of the apartment, indicating Allen had not been inside when he was shot, according to court documents. Police said Bagley fired multiple rounds through the apartment’s glass door, striking Allen once through his torso.
Salt Lake City Police added there was ‘no indication of any forced entry or attempted forced entry into the apartment.’
Witness accounts confirmed that Allen had not attempted to force his way into Bagley’s apartment.
A witness confirmed that Allen had not attempted to force his way into Bagley’s apartment.
A report by FOX 13 said Bagley fired multiple rounds through the apartment’s glass door, striking Allen once through his torso.
Emergency medical care was provided to Allen before he was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
Allen was ranked 23rd in the world in bull riding with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Sean Gleason, commissioner and CEO of Professional Bull Riders, expressed his condolences to Mitchell’s family on Twitter.
‘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.’
Police say Allen and Bagley had attended the Utah State Fair before leaving for a bar. They then had an argument before they left for Bagley’s apartment complex.
Allen was found with ‘at least one gunshot wound’ outside the 965 Central apartment complex in Salt Lake City.
Police investigated blood found at the scene to bullet holes in the walls of Bagley’s apartment.
Explaining her father’s death to their daughter was difficult, Allen’s previous partner Nyteshea Haywood and mother of his daughter, said. ‘She loved her daddy,’ Haywood said.
‘She loved him and loved him and loved him. It was always, ‘My daddy this, my daddy doing this, my daddy took me fishing.’
‘She loves her dad, and so having to break that news to her was a huge distraught.’
In extending his message to Allen’s family, Gleason also explained the meaning behind ‘Ouncie Mitchell.’ ‘Ouncie got his name because he was born small,’ Gleason said. ‘He grew up to compete with a huge heart.’
Police said the incident was isolated and was related to a domestic dispute between Allen and Bagley with ‘no threat to the public at this time.’
Bagley is currently being held at Salt Lake County Metro Jail without bond.
Detectives at the Salt Lake City Police Department are continuing to investigate.
Allen fist started bull-riding when he was 2 years old in Fresno, Texas. Before he was known as ‘Ouncie,’ he shared a nickname with his father, Demetrius ‘Teaspoon’ Mitchell.
He competed alongside his father, Demetrius ‘Teaspoon’ Mitchell, early into his bull-riding career. Mitchell said Allen first fell in love with the sport at 2 years old.
Allen became a professional bull rider at 18 years old and qualified for the 2019 PBR World Finals that same year. He competed alongside his father at the Bill Pickett Invitational, a traditionally all-black rodeo, in 2021.
Mitchell recalled Allen entering in his first ‘mutton busting’ competition and said he did not want his son to become a bull rider, according to PBR.
‘Are you crazy?’ Mitchell remembers asking Allen’s mother, Laquita.
‘Do you know what you just did? You messed up everything, because I don’t want him to ride bulls.’
Musing on the experience of his son riding in the competition for the first time, ‘It is amazing,’ Mitchell said.
‘What father wouldn’t want to be with their child?
‘He has been around it all my career since his mom entered him in the mutton busting. The boy wasn’t even walking all the way when he got started.’
Allen first rode a steer at 5 years old and he credits his father with teaching him how to ride.
‘I try to ride loose and cool and have fun,’ Allen said. ‘My dad used to always say, ‘Forget the form and make the horn.’ Whatever I have to do, just make it.’