Texas woman arrested for killing famous bull rider

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KWTX) – A Texas woman was arrested in connection with the murder of professional equestrian Demetrius Allen in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 12, 2022.

LaShawn Denise Bagley, 22, was arrested on January 3 by US Marshals of the Southern District of Texas and charged with one count of domestic violence murder and nine counts of firearms.

Salt Lake City police officers responded to the September 22 shooting near 900 South and 200 West, where they found 27-year-old Allen with a gunshot wound.

Allen was taken to the hospital by Gold Cross and Salt Lake City firefighters, where he later died.

“Bagley, who lived in the apartment where the shooting took place, called 9-1-1. While on the phone with Bagley, the 9-1-1 operator heard loud noises and asked about the noises. Bagley, according to court documents, said, “I’m shooting,” and told the 9-1-1 operator that she was out of bullets,” Salt Lake City police said.

Detectives from the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Homicide Squad responded and launched an investigation.

During this investigation, they learned that Allen, a professional bull rider, had stopped at Bagley’s apartment and returned to collect about $10,000 worth of equipment. The two were previously in a permanent domestic relationship.

The investigation revealed that Bagley had fired the gun several times.

The detectives believe that Bagley was upset with Allen due to his interest in Bagley’s friend.

In court papers seeking bail, SLCPD detectives wrote, “The impulsiveness of the defendant’s actions and her willingness to fire a pistol at unarmed people she knew and was friends with at the time is indicative of her being a danger to the community.”

After an initial arrest, Bagley was released pending an ongoing investigation.

Detectives needed to conduct additional investigative steps in the case. At this time, Bagley left Salt Lake City.

SLCPD detectives reviewed the case with the District Attorney and successfully obtained a court-sanctioned arrest warrant.

KTRK reports that Allen, who was listed as a Fresno, Texas native on the Professional Bull Riders website, was on the list of the top 33 bull riders in the world.

PBR recently released a statement about Allen.

“Everyone in the riding community was shocked and saddened by the passing of Demetrius Allen, whom fans knew as Unsi Mitchell. Unsi was a talented cowboy and well known on the PBR Velocity Tour. He also participated in Bill Pickett’s invitational rodeo, whose president, Valeria Howard-Cunningham, shared our grief. Unsi got his name because he was born small. He grew up to compete with a huge heart. In honor of Unsi, PBR held a charity event and an auction in support of his daughter, which were a success. We thank all of our fans who took part and supported the Mitchell family.”

Allen was scheduled to compete in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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