Police in Killeen, TX lost one of their police officers this past Friday after serving a “no-knock warrant” on possible narcotics charges.
No-knock warrants have been used with greater frequency by police over the past few decades.
These military style raids of private homes and businesses are meant to surprise occupants so possible offending parties don’t have time to dispose of evidence before the warrant is served.
No-knock warrants are different than standard search warrants in that they allow law enforcement to force entry into private property without advanced notification.
Often times the only requirement is that the police identify themselves upon entering the premises — and not a moment sooner.
Obviously, the main risk of no-knock warrants is violent confrontation. Since police are forcing entry into homes in the same way criminals would, residents often panic and fire on the intruders. Thus, the risk of casualties is much higher.
This appears to be what happened to now-deceased officer Charles Dinwiddie who was met with gunfire instead of surrender when he forcibly entered the home of Marvin Louis Guy last week.
The details of the night haven’t all been pieced together, but according to the official report, it does not look like officers gave Guy any advance notice of the search warrant.
When officers arrived at the 1100 block of Circle M Dr. to serve their no-knock search warrant at 5:30 in the morning, they forced entry and didn’t give Guy or an unidentified female time to prepare for the officers’ arrival.
Once the officers entered into his home through the window, Guy opened fire on the intruding officers, striking Dinwiddie in the face and hitting three other officers in the process.
Dinwiddie later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital and was pronounced dead on Sunday.
Even though police entered Guy’s home unannounced (like any common criminal)… and even though Guy was reacting in self defense… it hasn’t stopped prosecutors from issuing a three million dollar bond for his release.
He now faces charges of three counts of attempted capital murder.