Former NOPD Officer apologizes to family of unarmed man he killed
The former NOPD officer who shot and killed an unarmed man last March will plead guilty Friday morning to manslaughter. Josh Colclough resigned from the force and also insisted on meeting with Wendell Allen's family to apologize.
"I've been wanting to speak with them for a while," he said fighting back tears. "It's really important to me to come down here and speak with them."
On March 7th 2012, he was one of the NOPD officers who executed a search warrant at a home in the 2600 block of Prentiss Street. At some point Chief Ronal Serpas said Colclough fired his gun once, killing Allen as he was coming down a flight of stairs. Allen was unarmed. Claude Kelly is Colclough's attorney.
"This case was caught up in the perfect storm of Trayvon Martin and the recent Marigny shooting," said Kelly. "Josh didn't want to add to that one bit. He's here to ask for forgiveness from the Allen family."
Wendell Allen's mother Natasha Allen waited with other family members in a room waiting for Colclough.
"I'm just trying to see what he has to say," she said. "I have no emotion."
"I'll try to speak to them as plainly and calmly as I can," the former officer said.
Colclough walked into the room with his attorney by his side. He sat down unable to hold back tears.
"I'm glad we finally got to sit down. I wanted to tell you for a very long time how sorry I am. I am so very sorry," he said.
Natasha Allen cried too.
"I prayed for you. I prayed God have mercy on your soul. What took you so long," she asked.
The grieving mother says she forgave the former officer three months ago. All she wants to know is what happened. He was unable to tell her through his tears. The young man's maternal grandmother sat close to Colclough, and told him how much she lost.
"You took her first born. You took the first child that ever graduated and went to college in our family. You took that from us," she said without batting an eye.
My daughter forgives you and somewhere down the line I'm going to forgive you too. But you took my everything," Debra Allen said.
"He's going to court tomorrow with Judge Keva Landrum Johnson and he's going to plead guilty," said Colclough's lawyer. "No if's ands or buts about it."
"Thank You," said Natasha Allen as fresh tears rose to her eyes.