Drug Raid Ended in 2 Deaths. Now, a Cop Accused of Lying

Gerald Goines will 'more than likely be charged with serious crime' after raid that also hurt 5 cops
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2019 7:00 PM CST
Cop in Deadly Drug Raid Lied for Search Warrant: HPD Chief
Boards cover the front of the home in Houston Friday where the raid took place last month.   (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

More details are emerging after a drug raid in Texas last month that left two people dead and five police officers injured. Undercover narcotics officers had been carrying out a search warrant on Jan. 28 for a Houston house that was reputed to be a drug den when shots rang out as the officers tried to enter. Two suspects were shot and killed, and four cops were injured in the gunfire; a fifth officer suffered a knee injury, per Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. Now, per CNN, a police officer will "more than likely be charged with a serious crime," suspected of lying to obtain the needed search warrant. Per affidavits dated Feb. 14 and seen by CNN, officer Gerald Goines, who was one of the cops injured, arranged for the warrant by citing info from an anonymous confidential informant.

After the shooting, he put names to multiple informants; when those informants were approached by investigators, they did say they'd collaborated with Goines in the past, but not on info for that particular home, per the affidavits. "It appears there are some material untruths and lies" in the initial search warrant paperwork, Acevedo says of Goines, who he says will be relieved of duty once he's recovered from his injuries. Goines' attorney, Nicole DeBorde, tells CNN her client is still seriously injured and unable to speak out about what happened. She's calling Acevedo's comments on the case irresponsible. The Houston Chronicle, meanwhile, details what it calls a "troubling history of allegations" against Goines, including involvement in previous shootings and lawsuits, as well as written department rebukes—all despite "glowing reviews and praise from supervisors." (Read more Houston stories.)

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