“Just before 6:00 A.M. an 8 member SWAT team broke through the door of Henry Goedrich Magee [below] to serve a warrant which would permit the team to search the mobile home in which Magee and his pregnant girlfriend were living,” westernjournalism.com reports. Reacting to the pre-dawn, forced entry Magee grabbed a rifle propped against a bedroom door frame and fired at the unidentified intruders, killing 31 year old sheriff’s deputy Adam Sowders [above]. No one else was injured and Magee was taken into custody. He is being held on $1 million bail and has been charged with capital murder, punishable in Texas by life in prison without possibility of parole or death by lethal injection.” This case will certainly draw attention – again, still – to police militarization, no-knock raids, flash bangs and all. New details about the incident are adding fuel to the pyre . . .
The “no-knock” warrant was issued at the request of Deputy Sowders [shot by Mr. Magee] who was proceeding according to information provided by an investigator who told the officer that Magee ‘…was growing marijuana and possibly had stolen guns, as well as other drugs inside his home.’
No stolen guns were found and that a “small number” of marijuana plants were recovered. District Judge Reva Towslee Corbett signed the warrant for the no-knock raid; it’s not been made public.
Magee’s lawyer Dick Deguerin (who famously defended David Koresh) said his client and his girlfriend were awakened by the sound of explosives near the front windows and a loud banging on the front door. Magee claims he didn’t know that police were raiding his trailer. Well he would say that, wouldn’t he?
That said, a spokesman for the Burleson County Sheriff’s Office revealed that they “…did not know if or how deputies announced their entrance into the home.” Unfortunately, none of the deputies wore body cameras. It’s not known if the cops’ dashboard cameras were recording.
We’ll keep an eye on this one . . .