Pensacola, FL — As TFTP reported on Monday, Corey Marioneaux Jr., 24, is a father of two, church-going community member with no criminal record who defended his family from armed intruders. Because the intruders were cops, however, Marioneaux is being charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. He is completely innocent.
Luckily, during the early morning raid in which police used a battering ram to break through Marioneaux's front door and storm into his living room, no one was killed. Had this father of two actually killed one of the intruders, however, he would have been justified in doing so as Marioneaux had his two children — ages 1 and 3 — asleep in his room.
As we reported, police claimed they "knocked" for ten seconds at his front door but most people are still asleep at this hour, so it is quite easy not to hear them.
Though the knocking didn't wake him, when his door was smashed in with a ram, Marioneaux immediately jumped up, grabbed his pistol and defended his family. He would fire one shot at the armed intruders breaking into his home and luckily, his shot was deflected by one of the officer's shields.
Police fired back and luckily they missed as well. As soon as Marioneaux realized the intruders were cops, he put the pistol down, put his hands up, surrendered, and immediately apologized, profusely. No one was hurt.
"While being taken into custody, Marioneaux made spontaneous statements in the presence of [the detective] that he was sorry," the police report stated. "Marioneaux also made spontaneous statements in front of [the sergeant] that he was sorry for shooting at officers."
As it was clearly a mistake to fire on the officers and due to the fact that he was not the subject of the warrant, Marioneaux should have been released immediately. Yet he wasn't. Instead, he was booked for Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer.
We have since learned that during the raid, Marioneaux's 1-year-old son was injured and an internal investigation is underway.
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While arresting Marioneaux for the non-crime of defending his children, police then took those children. While the children were in police custody, they called Moiya Dixon, who shares custody of the children with Marioneaux, to come get the kids. Before Dixon arrived, however an officer dropped the 1-year-old on his face, causing severe trauma, according to the family.
"I get out my car like, 'Where's my baby? Where's my baby?'" Dixon said. "And I get my baby and I see his face -- and it's almost unrecognizable compared to how he looked when I left him last."
After the baby was dropped, EMS was called out to the scene but, in what appears to be a cover up, police told EMS to leave.
According to police, the toddler was leaning up against the door of the cruiser when an officer opened it, causing the child to fall out. After Dixon got her children back from the police, she brought the 1-year-old to the hospital herself where he was treated for his injuries.
As for the warrant police claim to be serving at his home, they haven't told the public what it was for. Pensacola Police have only called it a "high-risk search warrant" part of an ongoing investigation — an investigation which has nothing to do with Marioneaux. What's more, when local press tried to meet with the chief, he canceled the meeting when they brought up the baby.
"It's been very disturbing and overwhelming not knowing the truth of what happened to my 1-year-old," Dixon said.
"My 3-year-old is traumatized," she added. "He keeps having to tell the story of what his 3-year-old brain can comprehend of what happened to his baby brother. That is horrifying."
Hopefully for Marioneaux and his family, this case is thrown out immediately. There is absolutely no reason to ruin this upstanding citizen's life over militarized police tactics gone awry. Unfortunately, however, it has already cost him his job.
Last week, WEAR asked Dixon whether they plan to take any legal action. Dixon told them that they are currently busy trying to figure out simple things, like where to sleep. She said they moved out of the home police raided that day, because they don't feel safe.