Two Houston residents killed, four cops wounded, four cops retired after another no-knock raid ends in disaster

Sunday, March 31, 2019
By Paul Martin

by: JD Heyes
Sunday, March 31, 2019

SWAT teams have been part of police departments for decades, the concept having grown dramatically in the 1970s and 1980s especially, as the drug wars heated up and gang violence grew.

Police justified the investment in SWAT teams as necessary to protect officers from well-armed perpetrators and suspects who often were wigged out on substances or just faced with a desperate situation.

However, with the rise of SWAT teams also came the rise in “no-knock raids” by officers in general — essentially, home assaults by often heavily-armed cops hopped up on adrenaline and essentially looking for a gunfight. Increasingly, they got them.

As reported by Ammoland, the fallout from a no-knock raid in Houston that occurred in late January continues after two middle-aged homeowners were killed and four officers wounded in a subsequent gun battle. Four cops have retired since the incident.

The site reports:

Dennis Tuttle was a Navy veteran. His wife, Rhogena Nicholas, was a supporter of President Trump. They had no criminal records. They were married for 20 years and lived in their modest home in Houston for the same 20 years.

But on January 28, a SWAT team broke down the door to their home and shot the couple’s dog. According to reports, Tuttle armed himself and fired back, wounding the officer who shot the dog, thus initiating a gunfight.

Police would claim that Tuttle was firing at them with a .357 revolver, but no such gun was discovered on the scene. “It seems more likely he was shooting one of the two semi-auto hunting shotguns recovered at his home,” Ammoland reported. (Related: John Whitehead: It’s time to fight for America and take it back from the corporate tyrants, the lobbyists and the deep state traitors.)

Meanwhile, Houston police claim that Nicholas then attempted to take a shotgun away from the wounded officer. In the process of that act, she was shot and killed though it isn’t clear, Ammoland reports, whether she ever touched the officer’s weapon.

Early police reports claimed that Tuttle continued to fight police, wounding three additional officers. But the exact timing of events, as well as what happened that morning, is not clear because none of the officers were wearing body cams and surveillance video from a next-door neighbor’s home was subsequently confiscated by police.

This is what increasingly happens with these kinds of raids

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