Killeen officer dead after no-knock raid turns up no drugs
Documents released Wednesday including search warrant affidavits and a lengthy evidence inventory provide details of both the drug raid that left one Killeen police officer dead and another injured.
KWTX reports that Police Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie, 47, and Officer Odis Denton, 37, were shot as they and other officers served the narcotics search warrant just after 5:30 a.m. Friday at 1104 Circle M Dr. Apt. 3 in Killeen.
Dinwiddie died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the intensive care unit of Scott & White Hospital.
Denton, who was shot in the femur, underwent surgery and was released from Scott & White on Wednesday.
Two other officers were hit by gunfire, but were spared injury by their protective gear.
The only two items recovered that are linked to drugs are a glass pipe and grinder, which alludes to marijuana use. However, it was reported that officers raided the house on an informant’s tip that the occupant was selling cocaine.
The two residents of the apartment, Marvin Louis Guy, 49, and Shirley Whittington, 50, were arrested afterwards. Guy attempted to flee after shooting the officers while Whittington complied with orders given.
Guy remains in the Bell County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $3 million charged with three counts of attempted capital murder. He has not been charge with murder.
A “no knock” warrant, authorizing the officers to enter the apartment without providing prior notification to the residents, was issued on May 8 after an investigation that started in March in response to a tip from an informant about cocaine trafficking in the area of the 1100 block of Circle M Drive.
Authorities determined that a blue Crown Victoria that the informant said was linked to the sale of cocaine belonged to Guy and through the month of April members of the Bell County Organized Crime Unit conducted “extensive surveillance” in the area, according to an affidavit submitted for the warrant.
The informant told an investigator that Guy “frequently kept large amounts of cocaine in the blue Crown Victoria” as well as in his girlfriend’s red Chevrolet Impala, the affidavit said.
On April 24 investigators observed Guy remove a white bag from the trunk of the Ford and place it in the trunk of an Impala driven by a woman later identified as Whittington, the affidavit said.
About two days later the informant met with Guy in a parking area on Circle M Drive and later reported that Guy removed the bag from the trunk of the Impala and that it contained cocaine, the affidavit said.
About two days before the affidavit was submitted on May 8, the informant reported that Guy had “a quantity of cocaine,” the affidavit said.
“The informant has reported that Guy is frequently armed with a handgun…affiant (asks) that this warrant be issued authorizing a ‘No Knock’ entry for the suspected place,” the affidavit said.
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