A former Killeen City Council member is asking Killeen officials to end the use of forced entry involving "no knock" tactics while serving warrants.
Larry K. Cole sent the email to current council members and Mayor Scott Cosper May 21 regarding the death of Detective Charles Dinwiddie, who was shot while he and members of the department's SWAT team were attempt to serve such a warrant in the the early morning hours of May 9.
"A few months ago, after reading an article about a wrongful forced entry that resulted in the death of a home owner, I wrote the city manager and chief of police an email encouraging that Killeen adopt a policy of no forced entry during the hours of darkness," Cole wrote in his email. "Unfortunately, my advice was set aside and we now have a dead officer."
Speaking this morning, Cole said that Mayor Scott Cosper did respond to his email, and stated that he couldn't comment as the investigation into the incident was ongoing.
In his email, Cole also called for an investigation of the shooting by an outside agency or local citizens commission.
Read more in tomorrow's Killeen Daily Herald.
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