A January 28 drug raid that left 2 people dead and 5 officers injured is surrounded with questions. An incomplete search warrant led to the drug raid that has left 2 people dead and 5 Houston Police Department officers injured.
Officer David Goines, of the Houston Police Department, obtained a search warrant by using an unnamed confidential informant to confirm that drugs were being sold in a Houston home. After the shooting occurred, Goines named informants to investigators. Those informants told authorities that they had worked with the officer “in the past on several narcotics transactions,” but not for the warrant at the Harding Street address.
Goines was one of the officers injured in the shooting. Nicole DeBorde, Goines’ lawyer, told CNN her client was still undergoing medical treatment and that his jaw is wired shut. “That’s why you’re not hearing the other side. He’s severely injured, he still can’t speak clearly,” DeBorde said. She also criticized the police chief’s comments about the case, calling them irresponsible.
“No matter what we end up with here we know we have a criminal violation already — and serious criminal violation — by the individual that prepared that affidavit,” Acevedo said in a Friday press conference.
“When we prepare a document to go into somebody’s home … it has to be truthful, it has to be honest, it has to be absolutely factual,” he said, adding that there’s a “high probability there will be a criminal charge.”
The police chief said the extent of the crime and the policies that were violated are still being investigated.
When narcotics officers breached the front door of the Harding Street home on the evening of January 28, gunfire rang out almost immediately. One of the suspects retreated to the back of the room and re-emerged, returning fire. The second was shot while trying to wrestle a shotgun away from an officer. Both suspects were killed. Four undercover narcotics officers were struck by gunfire, police said. A fifth officer suffered a knee injury, according to Acevedo. Investigators found no heroin on the premises but found marijuana and a white powder believed to be cocaine or the powerful prescription painkiller fentanyl, Acevedo had said. They also seized three shotguns and two rifles. Goines will be relieved of duty when released from the hospital, according to Acevedo.
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