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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 3:16 pm

A search warrant authorized by a local judge is shedding more light on the tragic May 9 shootout that killed one Killeen police officer and injured another.

The search warrant, issued May 8, authorized Killeen police to search the apartment and two vehicles of 49-year-old Marvin Louis Guy. The warrant, created by the Bell County Organized Crime Unit, stated that investigators believed they would find cocaine, money and possibly weapons.

Killeen municipal judge Mark Kimball signed the warrant, and also authorized police to conduct a "no knock" entry.

So-called "no knock" authorization exempts law enforcement from identifying themselves and announce their purpose before using force to enter a dwelling with a search warrant.

 U.S. Supreme Court rulings have established some exceptions to the "knock and announce rule", such as risk of injury to the officer executing the search warrant, if there is  a risk of the occupants destroying evidence.

A subsequent search warrant issued after the shooting did not specify whether or not the officers involved in the May 9 incident announced themselves before Guy opened fire on them.

Read more in tomorrow's Killeen Daily Herald

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  • awatkins3 posted at 2:06 pm on Mon, Sep 22, 2014.

    awatkins3 Posts: 1

    This happened late last year in another town in Texas. The grand jury wouldn't indict the white man who killed an officer under similar circumstances.

  • rustyrebar posted at 5:35 pm on Fri, May 16, 2014.

    rustyrebar Posts: 1

    "Investigators also seized a glass pipe identified as drug paraphernalia, a safe, a grinder, a laptop computer, two walkie-talkies, a 9-mm pistol, and three cellphones from inside the apartment.

    The evidence return does not list any drugs."

    So, no they did not find any drugs.

    Looks like this guy was defending himself. Since this was a no knock raid, he had no reason to believe they were police. Sounds like a justified shoot to me.

  • DWinston posted at 7:48 am on Thu, May 15, 2014.

    DWinston Posts: 4

    Did they find drugs and guns in the house, before you call somebody a scumbag lets find out the truth.....

  • Citizen360 posted at 7:10 pm on Wed, May 14, 2014.

    Citizen360 Posts: 79

    This article leaves too much to the imagination. If you're not in law enforcement you have no idea of the thought process behind a "no-knock" warrant. Why would you want to knock if it's a high risk warrant? I would assume that you would want to catch the person off-guard. Nonetheless, a great man lost his life because of a scumbag with drugs. This community and a family is at a loss. So if you don't have anything good to say, have some respect, and keep your thoughts to yourself.

  • elcjay posted at 4:39 pm on Wed, May 14, 2014.

    elcjay Posts: 2

    Seems to me, in some cases a no-knock warrant is the most dangerous way in for the officers serving it. I'm really sorry for the detective who lost his life and for his family as well.