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SWAT Team Deputy Killed Serving “No Knock”

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This article comes from the Western Center for Journalism.

by Doug Book

On December 19th, a sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during an attempt to serve a “no knock” warrant near Sommerville, Texas. Just before 6:00 A.M. an 8 member SWAT team broke through the door of Henry Goedrich Magee to serve a warrant which would permit the team to search the mobile home in which Magee and his pregnant girlfriend were living. 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. 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.

These are the broad facts of the case as first reported by a number of print, radio and TV sources. The following additional information has been made public during the past few days:

1.) The “no-knock” warrant was issued at the request of Deputy Sowders 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.” According to Magee’s attorney, Dick Deguerin, four weapons were recovered by police; 3 legally owned by Magee, one legally owned by Magee’s mother. Also according to Deguerin, the only drugs found in the home consisted of a small number of marijuana plants, constituting “…a misdemeanor amount.” The warrant itself was signed by District Judge Reva Towslee Corbett. As a copy has yet to be made available, it’s not known whether the warrant was for a drug search only or also for a search for firearms.

2.) According to the AP, “Magee has been arrested twice for driving while intoxicated and twice for possession of marijuana.” The Bryan-College Station Eagle writes that Magee “has a felony and misdemeanor drug conviction.”  According to Texas law, a resident with a felony arrest may own a weapon IF 5 years have elapsed since the felony conviction or end of parole. The weapon must be kept at the individuals home. None of the sources make it clear if this statute applies to Magee.

3.) Speaking for his client, Deguerin told the media that Magee and his girlfriend were awakened by the sound of “explosives” which seemed to be going off near the front windows and a loud banging on the front door. Magee claims he did not know that law enforcement officers were responsible for the noise or the break in.

4.) A spokesman for the Burleson County Sheriff’s Office said she “…did not know if or how deputies announced their entrance into the home.” None of the deputies were wearing body cameras and it is unknown if dashboard cameras on police vehicles were operating.

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On December 19th, a sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during an attempt to serve a “no knock” warrant near Sommerville, Texas. Just before 6:00 A.M. an 8 member SWAT team broke through the door of Henry Goedrich Magee to serve a warrant which would permit the team to search the mobile home in which Magee and his pregnant girlfriend were living. 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. 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.
Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/swat-team-deputy-killed-serving-knock-warrant/#tII8cOOZKuyEkVBO.99

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17 comments

  1. End the war on drugs. End the lies,end the corruption of our police
    And end the hipocracy. Restore the Constitution.
    End the for-profit war against the American People.
    Bush used drugs, Clinton’s nose says he used drugs
    Soetoro used drugs-it’s all about the money
    And who you know. The corruption in our government is without end
    We would be better off if drug lords ran our government
    At least they do not ALWAYS. LIE and our boys in uniform
    Do not think that they must salute them

  2. Time for Nullify
    I’d of done the same thing almost had to the other night when I seen some F**k standing near my wifes car so ya. Nullify then!
    A few pot plants my god!! call out the national Guard.
    We will be reading a lot of these in the near future esp in CT if they man up indtead of whimp out!

  3. A home invasion regardless of WHO does it is still a crime, why were the true criminals not arrested

  4. This is why citizens should not be allowed to have guns.
    That is why guns should be banned.
    They are dangerous to those that want to kick in your door at night.
    They are from the government and should be allowed to do anything they want to.
    You should not be allowed to protect yourself or your family.
    “All hail the Obunista Czar. Big O loves us.”

    Condolences to those that lost their lives, their freedom.
    Condolences to their families and children.
    Unfortunate, sad, unnecessary for all involved.

    IMPEACH IMPEACH IMPEACH

  5. “When Policeman break the Law.
    There is No Law.
    Only the Fight for Survival”

    Law Enforcement and Military Personnel:
    Just because you have the authority of Tyrant Czar behind you.
    Even though what you are doing is deemed Legal/Lawful
    because the legal and political system
    is controlled/manipulated by CRIMINALS.
    Just because an commanding officer or watch commander gives you
    an unconstitutional order.
    Does NOT mean it is in your best interest
    or the Countries best interest to blindly follow an unlawful order.
    Ask yourself, “Is this Constitutional?.”
    Ask yourself, “Is this action a good idea?.”
    Ask yourself, “Does this make sense?.”
    I ask myself, “Would God, would my Father, would my Mother,
    would my Grandmother, would Master Chief O’Mally,
    be proud of me for what I’m about to do?”
    If the answer is “NO”. Then I will often bow out.
    Because the task is Not a good idea.

    We all make choices. We all decide WHO and WHAT we SERVE.
    We all decide what and who we will STAND for.
    An Officer just doing his job, lost his life.
    For what? “He was just following orders.” Consequences.

  6. 1.) The “no-knock” warrant was issued at the request of Deputy Sowders 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.”

    He actually brought this upon himself…critical thinking and common sense are out the window.

  7. It is a tragedy all around however, the error became magnified not because of the police, it became magnified because (1) Magee did not successfully overcome the stigma of his prior convictions and (2) The Team making entry obviously were overzealous in the performance of their duties.
    The apparent facts are:
    According to the AP, “Magee has been arrested twice for driving while intoxicated and twice for possession of marijuana.” The Bryan-College Station Eagle writes that Magee “has a felony and misdemeanor drug conviction.”
    To say momma and daddy should have been more aware of their little boys activities probably is not sufficient.
    Magee most likely did not care what dad and mom thought in his formative years.
    Should it have resulted in an officers death? Had Magee known that was to have been the outcome, he may have ordered his life aright.
    He did not do that, his life is seriously compromised and not guarenteed any thought of success, and an officer is dead.
    I reckon the department will review their proceedures and its members go home to the wife and kids, while Magee rots in prison.
    Let it be a lesson to all concerned and if at all possible the bystander who well may be following in Magee’s path.

  8. @ TomL
    “Even though what you are doing is deemed Legal/Lawful”

    It is deemed legal, NOT lawful. totally different meanings.

    The difference between legal and lawful. The US Constitution references genuine law = Lawful. In accordance with the law of the land; according to the law; permitted, sanctioned, or justified by law. “Lawful” properly implies a thing conformable to or enjoined by law; “Legal”, a thing in the form or after the manner of law or binding by law. A writ or warrant issuing from any court, under color of law, is a “legal” process however defective.
    Lawful matters are ethically enjoined in the law of the land—the law of the people—and are actual in nature, not implied.

    Legal: (Latin legalis) Pertaining to the understanding, the exposition, the administration, the science and the practice of law: as, the legal profession, legal advice; legal blanks, newspaper. Implied or imputed in law. Opposed to actual.
    Legal matters administrate, conform to, and follow rules. They are equitable in nature and are implied (presumed) rather than actual (express). A legal process can be defective in law. This accords with the previous discussions of legal fictions and color of law. To be legal, a matter does not follow the law. Instead, it conforms to and follows the rules or form of law. Legal has the “Color of law”.

    Color of law. The appearance or semblance, without the substance, of legal right. Misuse of power, possessed by virtue of state law and made possible only because wrongdoer is clothed with authority of state, is action taken under “color of law.” Black’s Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, page 241.
    (Credit goes to jpadgett for making me understand this.)

    Hopes this helps all who need or want to know the difference. Legal can be, and often is, “fake” law that is written, presented, and enforced as if it actually had a lawful background.

  9. Most often the case, it’s the other way around. Police shootings of citizens by riddling the body with bullets have increased dramatically. For police to riddle the body of a citizen with 20 to 70 bullets is a sign of extreme hatedred and mental illness. It’s high time they start getting their ass shot to pieces.

  10. Everything Hitler did was Legal
    under German law.
    Legal does not make it right.
    If I lived in Co, Ca, Wa, or any
    state that told my teenagers that it was
    “legal” to be a slacker pot head. I would move.
    Pot is a proven gateway to life DESTROYING heavier drugs.
    They want you to be a pot head so they can TAX you
    and take ALL of your Liberty and Rights.
    The idiots make pot legal.
    Then Colorado says high cap mags are illegal.
    MOVE. IMPEACH. IMPEACH.

  11. Tax pot heads by giving them a ticket.
    Like a traffic speeding ticket. Get caught. Pay a fine.
    Don’t kick in their door at o’dark thirty and get a lead headache
    for being stupid.
    Don’t put them in jail, fine the stoners. That is a tax/fine.
    Making it legal sends the WRONG message to young people.
    They think other drugs are like pot, just fun. But NO.NO NO.
    DRUGS RUIN lives, families, and society. DRUGS are DEATH, DESTRUCTION.
    Amsterdam is a piss hole of druggies. Drugs DESTROY.
    We do NOT want that in US. Horrible idea. NO. NO. NO.
    The idiot criminal politicians want our children to be pot heads.
    Stoned people are less resistant to criminal bankers/politicians.
    Impeach pro pothead anti constitution criminal traitor politicians.
    Keep a clear mind. Fit body.
    Calm, Cool, Collected, AWARE, focused, prepared. So as to defend LIBERTY.

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