Demetrius Omar Lateef Allen, known professionally as Ouncie Mitchell, was shot and killed by a woman he was thought to be in a relationship with. The 27-year-old bull rider from Houston, Texas, had competed in a bull riding event at the Utah State Fair in Salt Lake City Sunday night, according to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
After his competition, Allen and the 21-year-old woman went to a bar where they had a disagreement, according to police. Allen then went to get his personal belongings from the woman’s apartment where he was shot.
Police reported that they found Allen outside the apartment and gave him medical attention before he was transported to a hospital, where he later died.
The unnamed shooter was taken into custody and booked into the Salt Lake County jail for suspicion of murder and felony discharge of a firearm.
Allen got the name Ouncie Mitchell because he was born small, Professional Bull Riders CEO Sean Gleason said Monday.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing last night of Demetrius Allen, who fans best knew as Ouncie Mitchell, in Salt Lake City. Ouncie was a talented cowboy and a familiar face on the Velocity Tour,” Gleason wrote. “He also competed – and won – in the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, whose president Valeria Howard-Cunningham shares our grief. Ouncie got his name because he was born small. He grew up to compete with a huge heart. The PBR organization sincerely extends our own heartfelt condolences to Ouncie’s cousin Ezekiel Mitchell and the entire Mitchell family.”