Texas man acquitted after shooting at cops during no-knock raid
In the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, October 26 back in 2010, Adrian Perryman awoke to the sound of people breaking into his Texas home. He shot at the intruders before realizing they were police officers performing a no-knock raid. Today he found out that he would not be going to jail for defending his home.
After a 10 hour deliberation a jury found Perryman, 52, not guilty on all four counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer. They also found him not guilty of a lesser charge of deadly conduct for firing four rounds at the group of officers he believed to be intruders according to MySA News.
San Antonio Police Department’s tactical response unit went into the home to serve a search warrant, and officers say they found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. At the time of the raid, Perryman, his girlfriend Rebecca Flores, and Flores’s 3 year old grand daughter Savannah were in the home.
Defense attorney Tony Jimenez told jurors during closing arguments Tuesday that his client, whose home had twice before been broken into, had been awakened by his frantic girlfriend and was acting on adrenaline when he shot.
“He was protecting his house, he was protecting Ms. Flores and he was protecting Savannah,” Jimenez said.
Prosecutors Steven Speir and Julie Wright argued that Perryman’s in-home surveillance system would have given him ample warning of the police presence even if he hadn’t heard the shouts of the nine officers yelling “Police! Search warrant!” as they broke down the door and entered the house.
Perryman’s former girlfriend, Flores, testified that she looked at the monitor the night of the raid as she came out of the shower and could only see two dark, shadowy figures crouched down outside the house before she ran to wake Perryman and handed him a gun, telling him burglars had returned to the home.
“I put my body over Savannah’s,” she said, recalling for jurors what she did in the moments after handing Perryman the gun and before he opened fire. “He said ‘I’ve got a gun and I’m going to shoot — stay out!’”
Flores said it wasn’t until after he fired four shots that she heard anyone yelling “Police!”
“I remember telling him the police were here; I thought they were there to protect us. I said ‘Oh, thank God,’” she said.
Perryman took the stand in his defense last week and told jurors how he had shouted a warning before he heard the front door go down and “unloaded” his gun.
“When I knew they were policemen, I lay down, face down,” he said, adding he dropped the gun and began apologizing. “I kept saying ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I didn’t know it was y’all. I’ve been broken into before.’”
No-knock raids have been increasingly used against small drug possession offenders, primarily marijuana consumers. This past month police burned a baby after throwing a flash grenade into his crib during a no-knock raid for marijuana.
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