Man Not Charged After Shooting and Killing SWAT Officer in No-Knock Raid

February 11, 2015   |   Josh Mur

Josh Paniagua
February 11, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) Let’s start in Prentiss, Mississippi on the night of December 26, 2001. Police carried out a no-knock raid on the home of Cory Maye during a raid on his neighbor Jamie Smith, a known drug dealer who lived on the other side of Maye’s duplex. Upon hearing a crash at his back door, Maye rushed to grab his .380 caliber pistol, unaware that the intruders were police. Maye fired 3 shots into Officer Ron Jones, killing him with a final fatal shot. About a gram of marijuana was found. In 2004, Cory Maye was sentenced to death by lethal injection. However, after 2 retrials and 10 years in prison, Maye signed a plea agreement pleading guilty to manslaughter and was released in 2011.

Now let’s fast-forward to January 17, 2008 in Chesapeake, Virginia. 28-year-old Ryan Frederick heads to bed at 8:00 pm to be ready for his morning shift just to be immediately awoken by crashes at his front door. Frederick grabs his pistol, looks out of his room, and sees unknown intruders smashing in his door. In defense of himself and his home, he fired his gun at the front door, striking and killing Officer Jarrod Shivers. It should be noted that 3 days prior to the police raid, Frederick’s home had in fact been invaded. It would later be revealed that the intruder was actually a police informant that broke in and searched his home for probable cause for a raid. In February 2009, he was sentenced to the maximum 10 years in prison for manslaughter.

Then more recently, we have the case of 49-year-old Marvin Louis Guy. In the early hours of May 9th, 2014, police executed a no-knock raid on Guy’s home. Upon their forced entry, they were greeted with gunfire from Guy, resulting in the death of Officer Charles Dinwiddie. A warrant for the raid was issued after a police informant claimed to have seen cocaine being trafficked through Guy’s apartment. After the raid, only a glass pipe was found and nothing to suggest he was trafficking drugs. Marvin Guy is awaiting trial but is facing charges for capital murder which is punishable by death.

See a pattern here? A SWAT team aggressively invades somebody’s home in a no-knock raid based on information from a snitch, officer gets killed in an act of self-defense, the information turns out to be illegitimate, and then the people defending themselves and their property from unknown invaders are charged with capital murder or manslaughter. And coincidentally, they all happen to be drug-related cases. But a grand jury in Texas broke that pattern when they dropped all charges related to the shooting and killing of Deputy Adam Sowder during another botched no-knock raid.

On December 19th, 2013, 9 Burleson County Sheriff’s Department raided the home of Henry Magee and his pregnant girlfriend in. Magee believed that his home was being robbed, so to protect himself and his girlfriend, Magee grabbed his gun and opened fire on the unidentified intruders, resulting in the death of Adam Sowders.

The SWAT raid was executed based on information from yet another police informant. Officers believed they would find a major marijuana grow operation consisting of over a dozen six-foot plants and several firearms, including one that had been stolen from the department. Instead, they found 2 6-inch plants, under an ounce of marijuana, and 4 guns all legally owned by Magee.

“It was a tragic accident, but it wasn’t a crime,” Magee’s attorney Dick DeGuerin tells the press, “Hank did what a lot of people would have done under the circumstances[…] When awakened by a loud boom and somebody’s kicking in the door, they defend themselves.”

The grand jury found that Henry Magee acted in self-defense and dropped the murder charges. He was however indicted for possession of marijuana, and possession of a deadly weapon and illegal drugs is a felony (which in itself is completely outrageous). But aside from the ludicrous weapons charges and the absurdity of general US policy on marijuana, what’s important to recognize is the breaking of a cycle. The police fucked up, one of them got killed in the process, and a grand jury recognized that enough for a man to avoid manslaughter or capital murder charges which are, as mentioned earlier, punishable by death.

Now, before anybody starts getting all bent out of shape, allow me to clarify: this story isn’t good news to me because somebody got away with shooting a cop. This story is good news because in regards to the murder charges, I believe unconditional justice was served. These officers stormed into this man’s house where he and his pregnant girlfriend were sleeping, did not identify themselves as police officers, and got shot at. Aside from the basic fact that Magee himself pulled the trigger, it’s quite clear to see who is at fault: the unidentified intruders.

Still, the dropped murder charges don’t change the fact that Magee is being indicted on drug and weapons charges which also happen to be victimless. Henry Magee growing marijuana did not result in an officer being shot. Unnecessary force, lack of investigation, and senseless drug policies resulted in an officer being shot.


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Josh Mur joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in January of 2015. His topics of interest include culture, alternative medicine, and government corruption. He currently resides in Sacramento, California, where he was born and raised.

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  1. The petition points to the case of Henry Magee, who shot and killed a Burleson County deputy during a police raid at his rural home in December. Magee was charged with capital murder, but a Texas grand jury chose not to indict him on the charge in February.

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  2. Remember, this is a click-bait site that survives on half-truths and keeping the low IQ crowd angry.
    You'd do better listening to internet rumors. At least there is some truth to them.

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  3. Unless it was edited, the article says 2013.

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  4. Oh wow Jay…way to fail. AS IF the date, even if it were off by a year, would make much difference to the subject matter of the story, you retard. And 2013 is HARDLY "old". Are you a Millennial? I know you guys think anything that happened more than a week ago is stale and you can't learn from it, but it's annoying as hell that your attention are so fickle.

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  5. Oh wow Jay…way to fail. AS IF the date, even if it were off by a year, would make much difference to the subject matter of the story, you retard. And 2013 is HARDLY "old". Are you a Millennial? I know you guys think anything that happened more than a week ago is stale and you can't learn from it, but it's annoying as hell that your attention are so fickle.

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  6. good article…but i remember reading about a guy getting away from murder related charges prior to today…maybe it was related to Magee since his incident happened in Dec. 2013

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  7. Mick Palermo I'm all for informing people about what is going on in police state USA and I think there is value in every story that informs people. I was pointing that I have been seeing a number of stories that are "old" meaning they are not "news," and by news I mean something that is new and taking place and didn't happen months or years in the past. While not taking away from this story as a tool of value to inform and teach, having it passed off as something that just took place and that has a place in the latest news cycle would do a disservice to journalism and news. I believe it was an honest mistake as another independent outfit published this story the other day as a new "news" story mistakenly and now a number of other independent outlets (TAM) (Libertarian Republic) are also publishing it as often happens. As a journalist every story has value, but not every story is news. A great story can always be learned from, but that doesn't mean it has a place in today's news cycle.

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  8. I can't take the Washington Post article seriously. There are so many typos and mistakes. And English is my 2nd language… :(

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  9. I can't take the Washington Post article seriously. There are so many typos and mistakes. And English is my 2nd language… :(

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  10. Why isn't the informant being charged with lying to poice

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  11. I am from Burleson County and it was a sad day.. but they was out of control.. for certain they done another no knock and sent a informant in my house who walked in didnt knock had never been to my house i wouldnt answer the door so he jus walked in I gave him a narcotic pain pill after which he threw a 20 on my table I said whats that for im not sellin you nothin he stated gas im gunna need a ride.. I still went to jail… this place off the chain..

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  12. Jay Syrmopoulos deal Jay … i disagree with you view…i never seen this story …so its new news to me… because today i learned something new that i can look back at if i needed to for reference …so until today i didn't know this happen….sometimes it takes time for certain news to get around…. just saying

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  13. The informant gave them false info bout me too.. can an informant be charged with false info??

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  14. Are most of these "no Knock raids" are for drug possession? It seems to me that the cops are the ones getting killed most of the time. Ya think they might try something different??? Duh!!!!

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  15. Tasha, not trying to be rude at all, but you messed up, you handed a police informant a narco, which is ironic, you handed a narc a narc lol but you shouldnt be admitting you handed anyone anything and just let your lawyer or public defender handle this, confessing that you did indeed give this person anything doesnt bode well either… if a stranger walks into your house, and you arent dead or violated yet, call the police

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  16. Self defense! if somebody busted through my door and didn't announce "police search warrant" like they r supposed to then I'd do the same thing. To get manslaughter is not justice! I hate to hear anybody dying but its the police's own darn fault.

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  17. Like Buck said, a lot of the time they're working off of bad info so they end up at the wrong residence entirely. Once they're in, not identifying themselves as police, the homeowner tries to defend themselves and their family. When that happens innocent lives are lost, whether it be a senior citizen, women, children, and their pets. It still makes my blood boil thinking about that poor child where the police tossed the flashbang in through the window and into the child's crib. They can make any excuses they want, if they had actually checked the place out they would have known there was a child in the house. I hope whoever blindly threw that grenade into that baby's crib is haunted by what they did and suffers many sleepless nights..

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  18. This is just fantastic!!! Good for him! I can't believe someone protected themselves during a home invasion and was actually not convicted for it. Bravo. Even more amazing, I'm shocked he wasn't dragged into the street and executed. If only this little side note of a victory could begin to set the stage for the rest of the country. Then, just maybe then, we'd start to see that slight change in the policies and practices of our corrupt law enforcement and their rampant Gestapo that we continue to long for. Shame about the pot thing though, it really is kind of silly to throw someone in prison and waste tax dollars over that.

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  19. Ryan Koch The child in the crib is my friends son (Bou Bou Phonesavanh) and it happened in Habersham County Georgia. It should be noted that no drugs were found, and after agreeing to pay for this babies medical expenses, have gone back on their word and are sticking this family with nearly a million in medical expenses. This child will need future medical care for the rest of his life. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Baby-Bou-Bou-bka-Bounkham-Phonesavanh/273357129502200

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  20. 99% of the time it's some poor innocent folks who end up being on the brunt end of these raids. Cops routinely maim and murder such unfortunate victims during their home invasions. Would be great to see more people stepping up and protecting themselves.

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  21. Your probably thinking about Anthony Graves. The prosecution cops and investigators lied they had to let him go and pay him it was in Burleson County. . The Sheriff in Washington County is the one who did that (got the charges dropped) which Washington County is just as crooked as Burleson County…

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  22. I know innocent people are being killed too. It just seems recently it's the cops and people are being arrested for murder. How did these raids and no knock warrants even become legal. It's just crazy! And it's all about drugs. Give me a break!

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  23. Tareq I knew the informant, j he actually has known me since I was like 10 yearsold he tried to kill himself years ago because my aunt left him. We lived in alvin then. But je had never come to my house here because my family did not want any involvement with him. I made a mistake. He had been in jail and I gave him a narco because I figured he didnt have any of his left. It just coincidence I had a few from the dentist. Its all on a recording. I went to jail and I said it to the Judge listen to the recording I clearly stated I dont want your money I dont sell pills I gave you that.. so manufacture charge I didnt manu. Anything I wish I could manufacture a narco I would be banking.. and he (informant)clearly stated I know that thats for gas I need a ride. The charge s was dropped because it was a bogus ploy becauase they wanted a reason to search my home because he told them I had stolen guns he also told the I had crack cocaine so I was TOLD. . I know he was continuously in jail snitchin tellin half truths n gettin out.. he would break into houses steal guns go sell em n tell the cops who bought em.. theres alot to this whole situation thats not bwin reported. . Said informant again tries to commit suicide and is now in federal custody.. its a mess.. now that said I will explain lil further. . I moved here feom Kentucky with my husband amd three daughters in 2010 I started working at a store. The store was burglarized.. investigators requested my husband amd my DNA we submitted samples allowed thw to search our home went to sheriff's office to be interviewed.. they wantes us to do a polygraph our attorney said NO.. they were convinced we did it. . New to town.. the people who really did it told inves. It was prolly me but when it all came out guess what the person who kept sayin it was me it was her. . Now there is no phyiscal evidence to tie her or anyone to the crime so they are scot free.. on that. . Principal at the highschool was abusing his power makin sex. Advances sexually harrassing my daughter amd about 5 other firls (that was brav enough to come forward) there was many more. I specifically asked in November to please inform me of any and all of his court dates as did other parents.. none of us were notified. I know that as victims these girls had the right to a victims impact statement and to be included in any plea bargain. Nothing we found Out by reading the newspaper. Was never told of any court dates.. because u better beleive I would have been in the court room.. he opp ked guilty to ten yrs probation and resign his position and his license.. now I know this is such a crazy life like REALLY?? But I know because my husband was prosecuted and convicted in Burleson county for indecency w/a child exposure.. but the original charge was secual assault on a child which was my daughter. He failed a poly graph. They made me take part of my victims impact statement out because the judge would never agree to the plea. Which I said no to because he done more than exposure.. he only has ti register as a sex offender for ten years after he finishes his 5 year sentence. I wanted a lifetime registry at least.. now my daughter the victim did not want her sisters to have to testify against thwir dad n I understand that but they dropped the charge to nothin.. n 5 years isnt crap compared to the lifetime of healing my children will endure.. now thwy continually tried to get girls to say I was abusive or I knew what was goin on.. and thay wasnt the case. The issue isnt me or what I done because I will never blantantly disrespect God and lie under oath.. I know giving that imformant a pill was wrong I knew the risk I was taking when I did it.. the issue is the cops and Judicial system is messed up. I was merely giving examples of how.. and tryin to shed a lil more light on the issue.. and dont worry no offense taken. And I got more!!! But I will leave that for ANOTHER time.. God Bless You!!

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  24. …. out of all of these cases there was 1 person who was doing absolutely nothing wrong….he's facing the death penalty……I bet no one can guess what's different about the guy facing the death penalty

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  25. No justice, no peace, fuck the police

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  26. Tasha Leal Stone Damn girl, you have anything else you want to get off of your mind and share with the class?

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  27. Todd Viney that is completely fucked, because of their wanting to run in with guns blazing instead of checking to see if there were any innocents around a child was horribly burned and scarred for life. Then to top it off they say that they're going to make up for the fuckup that could have potentially killed their child by taking care of the medical expenses only to pretty much have it thrown back in their faces. No justice no peace, don't trust the police.

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  28. Todd Viney never trust a cop. even if they'd got it in writing they be making you drag in front of courts – and their lawyers are taxpayer paid. It's legalised corruption.

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  29. Me and my cousin are going thru the same thing please look into Nathan manuel jackson shoots new bedford cop in no knock raid please post a story on his behalf we could use the help look it up thanks i am also charged too

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  30. We where home invaded weeks before the police busted threw the door with there no knock raid and my cousin thought they where invaders and he fired on them he is in jail fighting for his life right now and hes 21 he deserves a deal in this case check it out and let me know what u think

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  31. They also charged me for moving the gun from one room to the next so they didnt come in and kill us after he shot a cop i was trying to save our lives

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  32. Tasha Leal Stone well that is a lot more detail then you told in your first telling of the story lol so a baser friend made up lies to the police for the 100 bucks they give out, i understand, and wow, it really sounds like you need to find a another town to live in, that place sounds nuts and life indeed is crazy.. we all make mistakes, just keep your kids away from child molesting scum bags and try to keep your nose clean in that town, they out to get people.. bless you too and good luck

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  33. Ryan Koch oh there's a whole lot more.. im just givin examples of the way this place is run n all this happened n a 2 year period i only told yall the first year.. Sorry it was too much info. For yall
    . Keep us in your prayers..please

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  34. I have an idea; demand to hear testimony from the victim of these supposed "crimes." Since the "state" cannot be the only victim of a " crime" an "officer of the court" could stand up and claim injury but that would open their bonds up to personal prosecution if/when injury is not found. It's not very likely that a cop, judge, or a prosecuting attorney would try very hard to prosecute these victimless crimes if they are personally held responsible for damages. The criminals in these cases are the court officials and they should be subpoenaed' for violating the oath they swore to uphold when they became "public officials" (all the way up line to the Dept Of Justice and beyond). Hell, I'd go so far as to ask for help from the counties of Hague to ask them to hold the "top officials" (criminals) of the USDOJ accountable. A public defender will not help you, and any lawyer capable of helping you would rape your wallet till they get a substantial financial gain. Legalese is the language of the courts, learn it, use it, and defend your Liberty. Defense lawyers will either turn you, your wallet (or both) into shit-stains because they will devour you like the greedy pigs they are.

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  35. I have an idea; demand to hear testimony from the victim of these supposed "crimes." Since the "state" cannot be the only victim of a " crime" an "officer of the court" could stand up and claim injury but that would open their bonds up to personal prosecution if/when injury is not found. It's not very likely that a cop, judge, or a prosecuting attorney would try very hard to prosecute these victimless crimes if they are personally held responsible for damages. The criminals in these cases are the court officials and they should be subpoenaed' for violating the oath they swore to uphold when they became "public officials" (all the way up line to the Dept Of Justice and beyond). Hell, I'd go so far as to ask for help from the counties of Hague to ask them to hold the "top officials" (criminals) of the USDOJ accountable. A public defender will not help you, and any lawyer capable of helping you would rape your wallet till they get a substantial financial gain. Legalese is the language of the courts, learn it, use it, and defend your Liberty. Defense lawyers will either turn you, your wallet (or both) into shit-stains because they will devour you like the greedy pigs they are.

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  36. Countries of Hague*

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  37. Countries of Hague*

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  38. This happens too often and it needs to stop. If someone wakes me up in the night trying to break in my house, they will be shot plain and simple. Cops need to do their homework and hit the right home preferably in daylight hours. I have a right to keep my family safe from intruders, all intruders. I would rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6.

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  39. This happens too often and it needs to stop. If someone wakes me up in the night trying to break in my house, they will be shot plain and simple. Cops need to do their homework and hit the right home preferably in daylight hours. I have a right to keep my family safe from intruders, all intruders. I would rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6.

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  40. Because the police turned the informer into an officer of the court. Therefore the informant is protected by the thick blue line.

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  41. Because the police turned the informer into an officer of the court. Therefore the informant is protected by the thick blue line.

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  42. Ryan Koch My thoughts exactly on that pig having sleepless night!!! I'm actually praying he'll be haunted the rest of his waking days!

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  44. Hell look at how many people have been killed from no knock raids and several time's it's been the wrong house and if they try to protect their home from what they think is a intrusion they get killed and what does the police say woops fuck that America is not that far away from being a police state W took care of most of our rights and libertys by wypeing his ass on the bill of rights and the constatuion

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  45. Stop trying to please the family and other officer, give the man the same justice every other state gives in these accidents. , You have the right to protect yourself and family, band thise warrants

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