PALM SPRINGS -- A 22-year-old San Jose Marine was shot and killed by Palm Springs police early Sunday morning after he reportedly struck an officer with a vehicle and refused commands to stop, according to law enforcement officials.
The Riverside County Coroner's Bureau has identified the man shot by police as Allan DeVillena II, whose family lives in San Jose, according to public records. DeVillena's family told The Desert Sun newspaper that the young man was a U.S. Marine.
A memorial page on Facebook has been established for Allan "AJ" DeVillena II, which includes three photographs of the Marine in uniform. The Mercury News was unsuccessful in attempts to contact DeVillena's family.
Police say two officers were on weekend bike patrol just before 2 a.m. Sunday following local bar closures when they heard yelling coming from inside a parking structure. The officers rode their bikes into the structure and recognized two men they had dealt with earlier in the evening for public intoxication, an interaction that was resolved without incident. Police did not elaborate on what had transpired earlier in the evening between DeVillena and the officers.
Police say one of the men was walking toward a black Chrysler 300 that was stopped facing a wall. DeVillena was sitting in the car's driver's seat.
Police say DeVillena and his friend began yelling obscenities at the officers. As the officers got off their bikes and walked toward the men, DeVillena began to turn the car around, police say.
One officer repeatedly ordered DeVillena to stop the car, but the Marine refused, according to police.
One of the officers climbed partially through the window in an effort to stop the vehicle, police say. DeVillena accelerated the car directly toward the second officer, striking him, and continued with the second officer suspended partially through the window.
DeVillena continued driving until he crashed the vehicle near the exit, police say.
Police say both officers feared for their safety and the safety of others and fired their weapons at DeVillena during the incident. DeVillena died at the scene.
Both officers suffered injuries during the incident and were treated at a hospital and released. The officers have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with police policies.
DeVillena's friend was not injured during the incident. He was arrested on charges of public intoxication and an outstanding local misdemeanor warrant unrelated to this incident, according to police. He was later cited and released.
During the investigation, Palm Springs police were contacted by the victim of an alleged theft. The theft victim told police his wallet and iPhone had been taken from him in the downtown area before the shooting. The victim used an application for his iPhone and tracked the phone to the area of the shooting. Investigators at the scene began hearing the victim's stolen iPhone ringing in the suspect's vehicle and recovered it. The theft victim's identification card and an ATM card were allegedly later found in DeVillena's pants pocket. The theft investigation is ongoing.
Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMgomez