John Van Allen was an ex-soldier and native of South Carolina that moved to Portland, Oregon to get a fresh new start with is 10-year-old daughter and two sons age 13 and 15 (according to his aunt Deborah Morton-Hamlet). His aunt went on to say that he was having a hard time finding work in the area and decided to move his family back to his home of South Carolina.

In this video it shows Allen being pulled over by the Oregon State Trooper. He immediately exits his vehicle and asks the officer why is he being pulled over and what happens next makes no sense!

Sometimes I wonder if the stress of everyday life drives some people the point of no return?!?

He was found dead in the car 1/2 mile from where the shoot out occurred. His children have now been placed in the custody of the state.