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At Cracker Barrel, man guns down wife, daughters, after wife says she'll leave (Cleveland, Oh)
Cleveland.com ^ | April 13, 2012 | Laurae Johnston

Posted on 04/14/2012 3:21:14 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave

A Strongsville man fetched a shotgun and killed his wife in a restaurant gift shop Thursday after she told him during a birthday dinner for one of their daughters that she was leaving him.

Kevin Allen, 51, then hunted down his 10-year-old daughters in a restroom, killing Kerri on her birthday with one blast to her belly and critically injuring Kayla, a source familiar with the investigation said Friday.

Minutes later, police officers from this Cleveland suburb confronted the still-armed Allen in the restaurant doorway and killed him with a barrage of gunfire. No other patrons or employees were injured.

Police arrived at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store about 8:40 p.m., as Katie Allen was talking to a 9-1-1 dispatcher, reporting that her husband was circling the parking lot, according to a recording of the call.

"I'm having some spouse problems," Katie Allen, 42, told a dispatcher. "I told him that I was leaving him."

What remained unclear Friday was whether officers arrived after Allen had already entered the restaurant with the shotgun. Police Chief Scott Mielke did respond to requests for clarification.

As of Friday afternoon, Kayla was listed in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Neither police nor hospital officials would disclose the nature of her injuries. Kayla is 10 months older than her sister.

Two days before the shootings, on Tuesday, Katie Allen reported to Strongsville police that she and her husband had been arguing. In a police report, she stated that she and the girls and had left their Shurmer Road home on Sunday and were staying with a friend.

She also told police that her husband had threatened to keep the girls if she returned to the house to collect her belongings.

Court records show that Kevin Allen had a history of domestic violence dating to previous marriages. Records show he had been divorced at least three times. He was convicted of domestic violence and menacing in two separate cases in 1995.

He and Katie Allen were together since 2000, according to his Facebook page. They and their daughters had lived since 2007 in a sky-blue ranch house that had belonged to her parents.

On Friday morning, no one answered the door at the house. A Confederate flag hung in the back yard. A trampoline rusted on the front lawn. A basketball hoop stood on the driveway, not far from a Kansas City Chiefs sign.

Neighbors described Allen as quiet and his wife as more outgoing.

"She was real nice and friendly," said Irene Bendzuck, who has lived across the street for more than two decades. "He was always kind of weird."

Bendzuck recalled occasionally babysitting for the girls.

"They would laugh and giggle and dance," she said.

Neighbors said Katie Allen was severely injured in a car accident years ago and spent months recuperating. Her husband had prostate cancer, according to his Facebook page.

Last August, the coupe filed for bankruptcy, listing $169,000 in debt, including $20,000 in hospital bills. Kevin Allen worked for RWK Services, a commercial cleaning company, according to the bankruptcy filing. The couple earned about $62,000 together in 2010.

In February, when three students were shot to death at Chardon High School and a teen was arrested, Kevin Allen posted a comment on his Facebook page.

"Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the wounded and killed students at Chardon High School. And also to the family of the shooter, who must be going through a horrible time dealing with what their son has done."

On Friday afternoon, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner released details of the autopsies of Allen and his wife. He died of multiple gunshot wounds. His wife died of shotgun wounds to the head and torso.

Kevin Allen's family lives in Kansas City, Mo. His brother, David, said on Friday the family was flying to Cleveland today to make arrangements. In a statement released through MetroHealth, the family asked for privacy.

Cracker Barrel released a statement, too.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the family of those killed and injured in this tragic incident," it said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: banglist; cleveland; crackerbarrel; domesticviolence

1 posted on 04/14/2012 3:21:20 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; BlindedByTruth; ...

Ohio ping.


2 posted on 04/14/2012 3:22:47 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("All 57 states must stand together and defeat O-bozo! VOTE the usurper out!!")
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Course, they won’t dare do a drug test now on the guy...but I’d be willing to bet that he had some drug in his system.


3 posted on 04/14/2012 3:29:28 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: All

911 tapes

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/04/police_arrived_at_cracker_barr.html


4 posted on 04/14/2012 3:29:28 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("All 57 states must stand together and defeat O-bozo! VOTE the usurper out!!")
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To: pepsionice

sounds like he was missing some drugs in his system.


5 posted on 04/14/2012 3:34:01 AM PDT by RC one (all y'all had to do was vote for Newt but noooooo, he wasn't good enough.)
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To: RC one

Telling your crazy hus a d you’re leaving him at your daughters birthday not exactly the smartest way to handle it.


6 posted on 04/14/2012 3:46:12 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: pepsionice

“...but I’d be willing to bet that he had some drug in his system.”

Unfortunately he may have just seen all too clearly that he would be reduced to salary garnishments and rarely seeing his children; I’ve always wondered how men deal with that (and I guess this one couldn’t).


7 posted on 04/14/2012 3:47:42 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Kill yourself if you gotta. BUT LEAVE THE DAMNED KIDS ALONE!!!!


8 posted on 04/14/2012 3:55:48 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
A Confederate flag hung in the back yard.

Jefferson's Davis' fault, obviously.

9 posted on 04/14/2012 3:58:17 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Court records show that Kevin Allen had a history of domestic violence dating to previous marriages. Records show he had been divorced at least three times. He was convicted of domestic violence and menacing in two separate cases in 1995.

Red flag alert right here. Look at his prior history with the law and with marriages. Seeing this, she should have ran the other way. It was obvious he had problems and was unable to maintain a healthy relationship. He obviously needed the help he never got and lost it completely, killing his own wife and children! Horrific!

10 posted on 04/14/2012 4:07:22 AM PDT by Pinkbell (Rick Santorum For President (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N89LGhm-Ztc))
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Berry’s malaise.


11 posted on 04/14/2012 4:07:29 AM PDT by Track9 ("Strength through peace.. oh wait, I mean.." Mit Romney)
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To: Pinkbell

It’s so easy to do a police records check online these days, it’s foolish not to do one before you get married. He obviously was a time bomb waiting to explode.


12 posted on 04/14/2012 4:34:48 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: Pinkbell

“Red flag alert right here. Look at his prior history with the law and with marriages. Seeing this, she should have ran the other way.”

Oh, but the sex was just...


13 posted on 04/14/2012 4:42:55 AM PDT by BobL
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To: Las Vegas Dave

She is depraved telling him she is cutting out on her daughter’s birthday. Not to say what he did is right, just saying these people are depraved.


14 posted on 04/14/2012 4:44:17 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

The way the report is worded, it sounds as if she actually wanted to set off her ticking time bomb of a husband. That doesn’t excuse his murderous rampage at all, but he seems to have had a nudge.

Crazy comes in many shapes and forms. Two of them appear to have met and married, here.

I’m very sorry for the two little girls. Such a vile thing to have happened on what should have been a happy, inmocent occasion.


15 posted on 04/14/2012 5:00:33 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Sorta gives the concept of "family outing" and whole new spin.

***

seperately, lemme just say that the self-centered, manipulative and devious qualities that seems to mark what passes for "men" these days is despicable and getting tired.

16 posted on 04/14/2012 5:17:58 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Sorta gives the concept of "family outing" and whole new spin.

Cracker Double Barrel.

17 posted on 04/14/2012 5:31:38 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

I was thinking about the name “cracker” barrel. Then you have a shotgun divorce as compared to a shotgun wedding.


18 posted on 04/14/2012 5:47:04 AM PDT by meatloaf (Support House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
I think eating the food at Cracker Barrel would be enough to drive you to murder/suicide.
19 posted on 04/14/2012 5:49:43 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: RegulatorCountry

Remember when Phil Hartman served his wife with divorce papers while dressed in his pajamas and then proceeded to get into bed? Some spouses are just dumb!


20 posted on 04/14/2012 6:07:21 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Heartbreaking. Prayers for their souls.


21 posted on 04/14/2012 6:08:29 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

And not one person had a firearm to defend the woman or children.


22 posted on 04/14/2012 6:40:22 AM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: for-q-clinton
Telling your crazy hus a d you’re leaving him at your daughters birthday not exactly the smartest way to handle it.

I am not buying your blame the victim assertion. You don't know the circumstances more than anyone else and are in no position to make such a claim.

23 posted on 04/14/2012 7:00:36 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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To: martin_fierro

You topped mine, fer sure.


24 posted on 04/14/2012 7:03:45 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
The drive-by media will just love this event. All the elements are there.....Cracker Barrel restaurant, cracker family, cracker gun-clinger, Confederate flag and basketball hoop in yard.....

It would be an even better story if there was a rocking chair and washing machine on the front porch...and if the husband muttered "fricking coon.....oops, cold" before he started shooting.

Leni

25 posted on 04/14/2012 7:18:01 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Azeem

She and her kids most likely would be alive right now had she been armed.


26 posted on 04/14/2012 7:37:04 AM PDT by peggybac
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To: yldstrk

my friends hubby dumped her at their daughters wedding, he basically showed up to walk her down the aisle, then said buh bye to the wife.
Also in Cleveland!!! Maybe the water?


27 posted on 04/14/2012 8:07:19 AM PDT by ronniesgal ( I miss George Bush. Hell, I miss Bill Clinton!!)
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To: ronniesgal

time wounds all heels, he’ll get his


28 posted on 04/14/2012 8:45:42 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Court records show that Kevin Allen had a history of domestic violence dating to previous marriages. Records show he had been divorced at least three times. He was convicted of domestic violence and menacing in two separate cases in 1995.

Why would anybody even date a 3 time violent loser?

Divorce #1 may be due to the whole marriage was a mistake
Divorce #2 may be because the second spouse was a mistake
Divorce #3 - face it...it's you who is the mistake

Now, before any 3+ times married FReeper comes looking for me with a shotgun... I'm armed as well.

29 posted on 04/14/2012 9:06:17 AM PDT by hattend (Jesus wants me to make churches pay for abortions. - Barack Obama)
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To: MinuteGal

Greetings Minutegal:

You’ve overlooked the most significant part of the story being the rusty KC Chiefs sign, amongst the front yard junk in Browns Country.

Seriously, two issues. What is this guy doing with firearm following a history of domestic violence? And why isn’t this woman Ohio CCW?

Cheers,
OLA


30 posted on 04/14/2012 10:27:58 AM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (In God I trust, all others provide citations.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican; mickie
Even better for the MSM than the rusty KC Chiefs sign in the yard would have been a battered old "Jesus Saves" sign with bullet holes in it......and an old pickup tire on the gravel lawn with petunias growing from the center.

Leni

31 posted on 04/14/2012 11:38:23 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

Awesome observation. Given Senator Clown, er Brown’s wife was the PD editorial board, maybe a Mandel for Senate with Joe the Plumber for Congress signs along the roadside too.


32 posted on 04/14/2012 12:35:12 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (In God I trust, all others provide citations.)
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To: miss marmelstein

I like their biscuits!


33 posted on 04/14/2012 12:42:18 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: for-q-clinton

I’m thinking that maybe she did it in public because she was afraid to do it when they were at home alone.


34 posted on 04/14/2012 1:24:33 PM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: miss marmelstein
*****Remember when Phil Hartman served his wife with divorce papers while dressed in his pajamas and then proceeded to get into bed? Some spouses are just dumb!***

Your sure right on that...some people just haven't got any brains or common sense..just plain dumb....

35 posted on 04/14/2012 3:57:03 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: the invisib1e hand
> seperately, lemme just say that the self-centered, manipulative and devious qualities that seems to mark what passes for "men" these days is despicable and getting tired. C.S. Lewis “We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
36 posted on 04/16/2012 5:25:28 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

cs lewis bump.


37 posted on 04/16/2012 5:33:45 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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