Longmont Man Says He Fired Shot Because He Felt Threatened, Arrest Documents Say
A Longmont man accused of shooting a man in the abdomen Thursday told police he felt threatened by the victim and was afraid for his safety when he fired the shot.
Navarone Allen, 27, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault and carrying a concealed weapon .
Allen will make his first court appearance in Boulder County Jail on Friday afternoon. Bond has not been set yet.
According to an arrest affidavit, Allen told police he was trying to jumpstart a car with two others in the area of 21st Avenue and Meadow Drive shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday when a red pickup truck sped down the street and parked in front of him, blocking him in.
A red pickup truck was later towed away by police when they finished collecting evidence at the scene.
Allen told police that two white men were in the car and both got out and began “advancing” on him. Allen put his hands up in the air and moved backward, believing they were going to jump him, according to the affidavit.
The driver of the truck went toward Allen while the passenger went toward Allen’s friend and his friend’s roommate, who were also there.
Allen told police he was afraid for his safety, as he didn’t know the two men and they weren’t saying anything, which concerned him. Allen told the driver he wasn’t involved “in whatever you’re trying to do,” according to the affidavit, but the driver kept moving toward him.
When Allen pulled out his handgun, the driver told him not to do anything with the gun, but continued moving toward him, Allen told police. Allen told the driver, “Don’t run up on me.”
Still, the driver continued moving forward, Allen told police, so he shot him in the abdomen. According to the affidavit, he shot the man there because he did not want to kill him.
The driver, who was unarmed, was about 9 feet away when Allen shot at him, the affidavit says.
The passenger of the truck chased Allen after the shooting, according to the affidavit. Allen told police he ran out of the area and began walking home when police contacted him. He told police he hadn’t called 911 because his “mind was boggled” and he didn’t know what to do.
The driver, a 33-year-old Longmont man, was taken to Longmont United Hospital and released later in the afternoon, according to police.
When Longmont police arrested Allen in the area of 19th Avenue and Meadow Drive, he told them he had a gun. He told police he did not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon and usually carries the gun openly in a holster. However, on Thursday he had the handgun in his jacket pocket, he told police.
It was recovered and put in evidence, the affidavit says.
According to the affidavit, Allen also “made a spontaneous utterance advising he was the one who shot the person.”
Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, firstname.lastname@example.org