Teen's Family Speaks Out

By: Philip Stewart Email
By: Philip Stewart Email

January 26, 2006

A fatal shooting that involved a Greene County teenager and a Game Warden has the victim's family pointing fingers.

"I've cried and cried until I can't cry anymore," said Danielle Ramirez, the mother of Allen Cochran. "It's very upsetting."

She remembered her son just two days after his death. He was the teen killed in the Greene County shooting Wednesday night.

After the shooting, Allen's mom showed up at the scene along Route 33, convinced her son was involved. That's when she got the news.

"Some guy came over, I don't know who he was," explained Mrs. Ramirez. "He said your son has been shot in the head and he is pronounced dead at the scene."

Wednesday evening Allen and his girlfriend, who was also in his car, had allegedly been in touch with a friend at the Woodridge subdivision. That girl called police.

"The girl that they called set them up," said Ramirez

But when asked why a "friend" would call police, Mrs. Ramirez said she didn't know.

But authorities say when Allen's car pulled up to that neighborhood, a game warden tried to get the girl from the car. That's when Allen allegedly accelerated and hit the warden. The warden then fired at the car.

But Friday afternoon the family said they spoke with Allen's girlfriend, and she tells a different story.

"She said that everything that the police have said is a lie," said Damian Ramirez, Cochran's stepfather. "They did not hit the game warden, that they shot first, and the car rolled into the field, and my son falls into her lap."

"Even if he did hit the game warden, the game warden has no right to shoot the child," said Mrs. Ramirez. "I mean, if he would have got out of the way he wouldn't have got hit."

The family says they think police used extra force because they knew their son.

"Allen had run away before, he had done it before, and the police had been involved, so they knew Allen. So I guess they perceived him as a trouble-maker," explained Mr. Ramirez.

The couple has spoken with State Police who are conducting the investigation. But they say they still haven't heard from the county's sheriff's office. Allen's mom says that's fine with her.

"There's nothing they can say cause they can't bring my child back. They killed my child and there's nothing they can say. It's not right what they did. And it will come down to it, cause I will get a lawyer, and an investigator. Greene County's not gonna be worth nothing," said Mrs. Ramirez.

Meanwhile, the family said they were making funeral and service arrangements for this weekend and early next week.

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