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Off-Duty Texas Police Chief Shot in Head While Working Security at Nightclub

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"Let's keep him in your prayers, folks."

Derrick Wayne Gamble (Image source: Bell County Jail)

A Texas police chief is in critical condition after being shot in the head while working security at a nightclub early Sunday.

Marlin Police Chief Darrell Allen was in uniform but off-duty while working at Laid Back Lounge II in Temple, across the street from the police station. Allen was shot after getting into an alteration with a suspect he was trying to detain, NBC News reported.

The suspect, 24-year-old Derrick Wayne Gamble, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Gamble is being held at Bell County Jail on $750,000 bond.

Derrick Wayne Gamble (Bell County Jail)

It was not immediately clear why Gamble and Allen got into the altercation.

Allen has been a law enforcement officer since 1994 and has served as police chief in Marlin since 2009.

The Thrall Police Department, a town located about 70 miles away from Marlin, posted a message to its Facebook page asking others to keep Allen in their prayers.

Marlin Police Chief Darrell Allen is in critical condition after he was shot in the head while working an off-duty security job at a bar in Temple. Lets keep him in your prayers folks.

Posted by Thrall Police Department on Sunday, November 1, 2015

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