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Man Shoots at Intruders, Turns Out it was a No-Knock Raid. Now He Faces the Death Penalty

On Friday, May 9, 2014, just after 5:30am in Killeen, Texas, Marvin Louis Guy was the target of a no knock raid.

The officers were looking for drugs, yet none were found in the home.  There was some questionable paraphernalia, but nothing indicative of drug dealing- or anything damning enough for a reasonable person to feel the need to take an officers life.

Unfortunately the danger of no-knock raids is real. just ask the parents of baby Bou or the family of Detective Dinwiddie.

Detective Dinwiddie was one of the SWAT officers who broke into Guy’s house on May 9th, based on a seemingly bogus informant tip off about drugs being dealt from the home.

Likely alarmed by the men climbing through his windows at 5:30 in the morning, Guy and his wife sought to protect themselves and their property and fired on the intruders- in self defense.

Dinwiddie, along with three other officers were shot while attempting to breach the windows to the home, according to the department’s press release.

“The TRU was beginning to breach the window when the 49 year old male inside, opened fire striking four officers.”

Since the shooting occurred during the break in, a reasonable person would assume they had not yet identified themselves as police officers.  How on earth is this not self defense?

Prosecutors are now seeking the death penalty against Guy. He is charged with capital murder in Dinwiddie’s death, as well as three counts of attempted capital murder for firing on the other officers during the shootout, injuring one other officer. Body armor protected others who were hit.

This announcement, given by the prosecutor in open court, comes one day after Governor Rick Perry presented  Dinwiddie’s family with the Star of Texas award. This award is given out each year to police and first responders killed or injured in the line of duty, the Killeen Daily Herald reported.

Let’s flash back to December, in Texas, for a moment.

On December 19, also just before 6am, Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, led a team in a no-knock marijuana raid on Henry Goedrich Magee’s mobile home in Somerville.

Also startled by these intruders, Magee opened fire, fearing for the safety of himself and his then pregnant girlfriend.

Sowders was unfortunately killed among the chaos.

In February, just a few months before the fateful raid in Killeen, all charges against Magee were dropped when a Texas grand jury refused to indict, based on them believing he feared for his safety and that this was a reasonable act of self defense.

With such similar circumstances and such intensely opposite repercussions one cant help but try to find the differences.

Most obvious? Guy is black and Magee is white. Also, take note of the difference in photos used in the press.

magee

Self defense is a right for all, and no knock raids not only pose a danger to dogs, children, and communities in general- but officers as well.  Maybe its time to
re-think that strategy.

We need to end the war on drugs and put an end to this violence.

Estimates show that the total number of SWAT deployments across the country has increased from a few hundred per year in the 1970s, to a few thousand per year in the 80s, and in 2010, the Washington Times reported estimates being as high as 50,000 per year.

Many of these are for nonviolent misdemeanor drug offenses, not big time drug kingpins.  Should we really be risking lives of citizens and officers, over what someone chooses to put into their own body?

For more information on botched paramilitary raids, check out this shocking and interactive map from Radley Balko.

  • Christian Hagen

    While the story, as portrayed here, seems to indicate it was a case of self-defense, I don’t understand why the pictures are of such concern? It’s exactly the same kind of photos used in the Trayvon Martin case, only with the negro being portrayed as the saint when he was the aggressor, and the neighborhood watch officer/defender being portrayed with a mugshot. The media has used the same standard to portray this case, so why the outrage*? It’s equal. It’s the same standard.

    *: ‘Outrage’ might not be the right word, but I simply can’t think of what the right word would be. I apologize, but I hope I’ll be excused since English isn’t my native language.

    • Emily McCoy

      . . . How was Trayvon Martin the aggressor? Is I recall he was just walking down the street, with Zimmerman tailing him in his SUV and harassing him. And the problem is that, even in cases where it’s the victim who is black the media usually use a black person’s mug shot. Contrast that to the way Magee’s photo with the kid humanizes him. Or compare it to the Stanford rapist — he’s white, so the media used his fucking yearbook photo.

    • Emily McCoy

      . . . How was Trayvon Martin the aggressor? As I heard it, he was just walking home from the convenience store when Zimmerman started following him in his SUV and harrassing him, and eventually shot him. So yeah, they used a mug shot for the fucking shooter. Furthermore, it’s been common practice for the media to use a mug shot for a shooting victim when they’re a person of color — even though they’re the victim — while using photos like the white guy with a toddler for white perpetrators in the news. You can see how it humanizes the white shooter, while the mug shots for black and brown shooting victims help to de-humanize them.

      • navytech retired

        You and I (originally) heard wrong. Martin doubled back and jumped Zimmerman. He was on top of and straddling him – beating him and splitting his head open with concrete. One shot was fired (w/powder burns) stopping the attack. Physical evidence told the story.

        The last person Martin spoke to was to a friend on the phone. In court she said “Martin thought some homo was following him. Then he hung up.”

        Lastly Zimmerman (25% African descent) was no racist. The year before he got justice for a black wino that was attacked and hospitalized by a (white) Police LT’s son (The town’s untouchable bully) The attack was caught on video but charges weren’t filed because the victim was a nobody. Zimmerman posted fliers and kept up the drumbeat until charges were finally filed.

        • Bennie Beamer

          What bs, zimmerman murdered Martin as was heralded as a hero to the white supremacist. If Martin was splitting his head open wtf wasn’t there any blood on his jacket collar or even on the cement. Also, because zimmerman got away with murder does not mean it is right for this man to be prosecuted for the kkkops no knock raid. If someone came busting you house, what would you do? Why is it that only white people can protect theirselves but black people can’t?

        • Ryan Wright

          Martin doubled back after Zimmerman kept harassing and following him.Zimmerman was told to stop the pursuit by 911 operator.Zimmerman was in no danger at that point.He ignored the 911 operator and caused the entire conflict.He should have been charged and convicted of premeditated murder.All Martin was trying to do was find out way he was being followed.I do not care what Martin had done in his past,he did not deserve to die. Marvin Louis Guy was trying to protect his family and home.All police departments know the risks of no knock warrants.He is not guilty of any wrong doing.

        • Zeconte

          All you have to do to know that Zimmerman was lying out his ass about what happened that night is listen to his phone call to non-emergency dispatch the night in question, then watch his walk through with police retelling what happened that night a few days later. There is almost nothing about his retelling that actually coincided with what he said was happening to dispatch as it was happening. And I don’t mean he “misremembered events” or anything like that, but straight up fabricated multiple things that clearly never happened, specifically in an attempt to make Martin sound bad and him perfectly innocent.

          For one, he claims that while he was still in his truck, after Martin disappeared behind the apartment buildings, Martin came back out and circled the truck, staring him down. This never happened. He claimed he only got out of the truck in order to find an address the dispatcher asked him for. This never happened. He claimed he walked all the way to the next block looking for said address, but then turned back, unable to find one, when he was just a few feet away from the front door of a building. This never happened.

          What clearly did happen while he was still on the call, was that he was wandering down the dark walkway looking for Martin, something he entirely omitted from his retelling of events and walk through. This is also evidenced by just how far down the walkway the attack occurred compared to where he said he went (the walkway was basically a T shape and he claimed to walk a straight line across the top of the T and then back, and Martin attacked him from down the middle line of the T as he came to that intersection, the attack actually happened about 20 – 30 feet down the middle line, which means, for his version to be true, Martin would have had to attack him, then they somehow retreated back the way Martin came before going to the ground. An attack will almost always result in the victim retreating away from the attacker, not the attacker retreating, or the victim running past the attacker and down the way he came, especially when the way he came was dark and the opposite direction of Zimmerman’s truck.

          Truth is Zimmerman stalked Martin down that walkway, making him clearly the aggressor and the threat in the situation, as Martin was simply trying to go home. Whether Martin initiated violence or not is irrelevant at that point, because Martin was justified in initiating violence against Zimmerman in that situation based on the Stand Your Ground defense. It was either turn back and try to get the jump on the guy who has been following you for numerous blocks in his truck, and then on foot into a poorly lit area after you purposely went that way to get away from him, or let the stranger with unknown motives follow you all the way home.

      • Karl Martell

        It is the media. The media are all college graduates. The are Marxist AND racist

        • aszure42

          What’s wrong with being a college graduate?

          • dilbert

            It usually means smart people that lack any common sense.

          • aszure42

            Really? It meant to me a solid job and with a good paycheck. I am going to guess you didn’t make it that far. Don’t worry, the world always needs ditch diggers.

    • onewayfarer

      If you follow me around in “my” neighborhood, I’m going to whip your ass for harassing me. I’m telling you , I’m going to be the aggressor and you won’t be the only one strapped.

  • WindyOut

    So this is what America has become?? First of all isn’t illegal for cops to enter a persons home without a search warrant?? In this case right here, Our judicial system is broken and wrong!! I am a white woman and even I can see that the man of color had every right to do what he did!! I dam well would have done the exact same thing!! Because he is colored and the cops where white does not justify him being prosecuted in anyway!! And you’re correct, if he was white, nothing would have been done!! This hatred needs to stop!!! God Bless America 👍

    • stk33

      > isn’t illegal for cops to enter a persons home without a search warrant??

      Why without – they do have the warrant that authorizes them to do exactly that, to break in unannounced.

      • WindyOut

        Thank You! That makes a lot more sense, hate how the media portrays things…America has still gone to hell in a hand basket, with the worst yet to come! God Bless America…

        • stk33

          America has not gone to hell, it only made everything a business, including justice. Criminal justice system is a huge industry that puts bread on the table for thousands and thousands of people. As every other industry, this system needs new customers. With drug offenses being about the half of all crimes Americans serve the time for, unannounced break in in the middle of the might creates the best possibility to secure the evidence required to make “the sale”.

        • A bogus warranty based on an unsubstantiated tip used to justify a no knock raid by a SWAT team is most assuredly a violation of our constitutional rights.

          • WindyOut

            Absolutely Agreed!!

    • Johnny 1979

      It’s so easy for police to get a warrant. Obviously, the person who is getting their door kicked in isn’t in court representing themselves and it allows the police to make up bullshit. If a cop asks to search your car and you say no do you think a judge isn’t going to give them a warrant to search it? Guilty until proven innocent!

  • stk33

    Unfortunately, Guy based his defense on presumption that the cops were killed by friendly fire. This had been forensically proven not to be the case, so now his fate is probably sealed. The fact that he had no right to possess a gun, being a convicted bank robber, won’t help either (the article is too shy to mention this).

    • REALConservative

      Except…he is not being charged with a gun possession crime.

      Why is that if he was a felon?

      • Curtis Linville

        ***COMPLETELY UNEDUCATED HEARSAY***
        I’ve heard from un-reliable sources that if the police have a warrant for a particular thing then that is the only thing they can be there for. So if they were going in on the pretense of searching for drugs, and it for some reason didnt include a weapon search, then they couldnt hold him accountable for weapons.

        This makes no sense to me so I doubt its true but that is something I’ve heard and would explain why that is not a charge held against him.

    • onewayfarer

      And this makes it alright for you? It’s bullsh*t and you know it. Stop apologizing for nazi cops and this fake war on drugs which is just gang warfare on people of color and some white people. This money grubbing by the nazi cops has gotten way out of hand; time to reel them back in.

  • James Latham

    This happened in the state of Texas what do you expect from a racist state?. We are slowly going backwards in time for minorities, Now that Trump got elected and is putting white racist people of power to rule this country it’s only going to get worse.

  • Anon

    If police break in the way of lowly burglers then they deserve to be treated as such.

  • Krem DeFrog

    a
    raid with a knock at the door identifies the authorities as such… a
    no-knock raid does not identify anyone as anything and is essentially
    breaking and entering… they deserved to be shot, this man needs to be
    acquitted and it needs to be done so in a manner that sends congress and
    the supreme court a wake up call…

  • That’s What The Stupid Fool Gets, A Back Or Face Full Of Lead, End Of Story. No Knock, Stop And Frisk Are All Major Invasions Of Privacy, And The Offenders Should Get Every Bit Of Whatever Reaction They Receive.

  • Tommy

    This is a disregard of his second amendment right to bear arms to protect himself and his family. Therefore, he should be set free no trial! This war they call “a war on drugs” is not a war at all! How can you call a war on inanimant objects? You can’t! The question is did the police identify themselves? If not? He had every right to shoot to kill! Case closed! Stop illegally entering peoples residents unannounced because it is an invasion of privacy! End of story!

  • budhappy

    More cops should be shot during no knock raids. Even if you know it’s them. Prove it I knew? I was asleep, you apparently yelled police, but Ivdid not hear, all it did was wake me up. When I had my wits about me, intruders wearing black clothes were breaking into my home. I feared for my life and tried to protect myself.

    When someone is asleep and someone yells police, who’s to say in their stupor that they actually understood what was said? More than likely, just yelling startled the person awake and had no idea what was yelled.

  • Madamegar

    1- what did happen to the protocol of announcing your presence w/a knock at the front door 2- a Search Warrant

  • Speer007

    The police should have no knock at the door, make a reasonable effort to serve the warrant, and THEN maybe attempt breaching the entrance. If you’re concerned about disposing of evidence, why not shut the water off?

  • baruchzed

    This man should not be charged. The cops who put on the raid should be held responsible.