On January 29th Houston Police Officers raided the house of Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas. According to Houston P.D., Tuttle was selling brown tar cocaine and had a 9 mm gun in his house. They insisted this information had been verified.
Houston Police Officers busted into Tuttle’s house and shot his dog. No announcement was made that they were the police. Tuttle, a disabled Navy veteran, responded to the intrusion by opening fire on them. It’s unknown if he realized that it was police that had executed a no knock warrant or if he thought it was some crazy people breaking into his house.
The result of the drug raid was that Dennis Tuttle and his wife, Rhogena Nicholas, were dead and five Houston Police Officers had been shot. All that was recovered was barely over half an ounce of marijuana and a miniscule amount of an unidentified white powder. No handgun was found but two shotguns and two rifles were recovered. In other words, nothing that had been sworn to, to get the search warrant, was found.
When people started questioning the raid Police Chief Art Acevedo and Houston Police Officer’s Union president, Joe Grimaldi, jumped to the defense of the officers involved in the raid but since then one of the officers involved has been relieved of duty. There are questions about whether false information was used to get the warrant. This is an on-going investigation.