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Texas grand jury refuses to indict homeowner who shot deputy during marijuana raid

Henry MageeA grand jury has refused to indict a man who shot and killed a deputy during a raid on his home.

Charged with capital murder, Henry Goedrich Magee was initially arrested following a raid on his home where he shot a deputy who he thought was an intruder.

The Burleson County Sheriff’s Department conducted an early morning raid on Magee’s home for marijuana and it was during this raid that Sgt. Adam Sowders was shot and killed.

Sheriff’s deputies entered Magee’s rural home near Somerville, Texas to search for guns and marijuana. Magee was asleep at the time and thought burglars were entering his home.

Magee was charged with possession of marijuana after deputies recovered several marijuana plants.

By: Stephen Carter
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  1. Ratski
    February 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    If a man breaks in to your home without announcing he/she in fact police / sheriffs, with a search warrant, should expect to be shot. Excessive law enforcement to control a plant that has not killed anyone is a waste of tax payers money, and stupid.

  2. Tony
    February 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Of course, police will use incidents like this to justify why they HAVE to break into people’s houses, armed to the teeth, at night without announcing themselves, instead of asking themselves “would this have happened if we had calmly knocked on his door and presented a search warrant” (or better yet, “would this have happened had we not criminalized a harmless plant”).

  3. February 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    A no knock raid in the middle of the night is a home invasion. It matters not that they carried badges and search warrant. There was no way for the resident to know whether these home invaders had a badge or not. Even if they yelled police-search warrant, what would stop an un badged home invader from yelling that. Clear self defense.

  4. February 8, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Glad the mother fucker is dead

  5. February 8, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I feel bad for loss of the deputy. I truly do. He died in the line of duty, a fate that every officer faces the risk of every day.
    That said, had these same officers come during the daytime, gained proper access to the house, and showed the proper warrant then he most likely wouldn’t have been shot and killed. The man was protecting his home, regardless of who the invader was.
    If anyone should be held responsible, it’s the person higher up the chain of command who authorized this raid. I hate to say it but it’s about time that these people realize that, especially in a state that allows open carry, that bursting into someone’s house in the middle of the night greatly increases the risk of danger to the officers!

  6. Tim Dakes
    February 8, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I wonder how many other law enforcement officers have had a similar fate, but few have heard of. I think it is very dangerous to do what these cops did here in this case that enforcing marijuana laws has become so scary for the cops that they’ll think twice about do this sort of thing and will stop.

    • February 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Death of police a rare. They have surprise on their side. It is the mundane (people whose home is invaded) who die. I don’t want anyone to die over MJ prohibition but this idiocy won’t stop till the risk is greater than the reward for the police. There is lots of money in forfeiture for them and the loss of mundane life bothers them not a wit. It is always “justified”.

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