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Old 08-23-2019, 01:52 PM
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Botched HPD raid: Officer charged with 2 counts of murder

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Former Houston police officer Gerald Goines, who emerged as a central figure in the investigation of a botched narcotics raid, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

On Friday, Ogg announced charges against Goines and another former officer, Steven Bryant, who was charged with a count of tampering with a government document.

The former officers were ordered to turn themselves in by 3 p.m. Friday, but Ogg's office believed they intended to surrender.

Ogg emphasized the unprecedented nature of the case.

"This is a case like no other that we've seen," Ogg said. "It's important to the public to know that we are moving.

The two officers were the central focus of an investigation following the "no-knock" warrant executed on Jan. 28, 2019 on Harding Street in southeast Houston.

The raid resulted in a shootout between a team of officers and two residents inside. The operation resulted in the deaths of Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle, a married couple. Four officers, including Goines, were wounded.

An investigation looked into whether the circumstances behind the warrant for the Harding raid was genuine. The district attorney's office also looked into thousands of narcotics cases handled by the officers. Many of them were dismissed.

Dennis Tuttle & Rhogena Nicholas: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, a married couple, were named as the two suspects who police say opened fire on multiple Houston, Texas police officers in a suspected drug house, shooting four of them and wounding a fifth.

However, ABC 13 is now reporting: “A confidential informant didn’t buy drugs at the southeast Houston home where an investigation turned into a deadly shootout with police last month, according to a new search warrant.” That contradicts the initial police account that allowed them to obtain a no-knock search warrant that led to the deaths of Tuttle and Nicholas.

The mass shooting left Tuttle, 59, and Nicholas, 58, dead and the five officers wounded in the hospital. All of the officers have survived, however. One officer, though, is fighting to recover, the chief said. The January 28, 2019 gun battle erupted during a dangerous search warrant execution at a home suspected of being tied to the dealing of black tar heroin, police say. Tuttle filled his Facebook page with pictures showing him with Nicholas, who was known as “Regi.” Nicholas had a Twitter page where she had liked various posts by President Trump.

Some people who knew the pair expressed shock that police say they were dealing heroin. “I still can’t stop crying!!! And yes they where (sic) GOOD PEOPLE!!!” wrote one woman who knew them on Facebook.

And questions are mounting about the deaths after police relieved an officer of duty, according to the Houston Chronicle, after questions arose about the no-knock warrant.
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