Man Faces Death Penalty for Defending Himself Against Cops in No-Knock Raid

It was back in May of this year that police officers broke into this guy’s house around 5:30 in the morning. Actually, they don’t call it a break-in when it’s police. They call it “serving a search warrant.”

They choose the worst time of day (or night) to conduct their search. They do it at a time when most people would be taken by surprise. This isn’t such a good idea, especially in a state like Texas, where so many residents are armed with guns.

So, this almost-50-year-old Marvin Louis Guy heard people break in his house, and the first thing he did was grab his gun. He ended up opening fire on all those who broke in, probably thinking they were burglars.

What he didn’t realize was that they were four cops who had burst in. He shot two, one of whom ended up dying. Now, Guy is facing murder charges, and on top of that, the prosecutor is pushing for the death penalty. KWTX reported:

Marvin Louis Guy, 49, has been indicted for capital murder in the shooting death of police Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie, 47, and is named in indictments charging three counts of attempted capital murder, as well.

During a hearing Thursday, Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza said he’ll seek the death penalty.

The charges stem from a shooting, which occurred as officers served a so-called no-knock search warrant just after 5:30 a.m. May 9 at 1104 Circle M Dr. Apt. 3 in Killeen.

Dinwiddie later died in the intensive care unit of Baylor Scott & White Hospital.

Denton, who was shot in the femur, underwent surgery and was later released from Scott & White.

Two other officers were hit by gunfire, but were spared injury by their protective gear.

And no, they didn’t find any drugs in their 12-hour-long search of Guy’s apartment. They found some shell casings, a 9mm handgun, a couple walkie-talkies, a glass pipe for smoking marijuana (but no marijuana), and that’s about it. An “anonymous informant” had tipped off the police about allegedly seeing two bags of cocaine at Guy’s residence.

That’s definitely possible, but if the police are going to risk their own lives and the lives of citizens, they’d better be absolutely sure about the information they have. An anonymous informant is not going to be very reliable. For all we know, it could have been a disgruntled neighbor of Guy’s.

If police are going to search someone’s residence, they’ve got to do it by the rules. They’ve got to have probable cause and a search warrant listing the things to be seized. If they played by the rules, residents wouldn’t have resort to defending themselves from the police in the middle of the night.