New Evidence in Houston No Knock Raid where Couple were Killed

New Evidence in Houston No Knock Raid where Couple were Killed
New Evidence in Houston No Knock Raid where Couple were Killed

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- There have been startling developments in the investigation of the disastrous no-knock raid in Houston on 28 January 2019. A middle-aged couple was killed and four police wounded. In the light of contradictory police stories, the family of the couple who died hired an independent forensics firm to document the evidence at the home at 7815 Harding Street. The independent investigation took place after forensic data collection done by the local government authorities.

The independent investigators invited the Texas Rangers and the Harris County Institute for Forensic Science to attend the investigation. Both declined the invitation. The independent investigation findings were released on 14 May 2019. On 24 July 2019, family attorney Mike Doyle presented the findings in court.

Rhogena Nicholas, was a supporter of President Trump. Her husband, Dennis Tuttle was a Navy veteran. They had no criminal records. They lived in their home in Houston for 20 years and were married for the same 20 years.

A narcotics investigator, Officer Goines, obtained a warrant to raid their home. According to Police Chief Acevedo and abc13.com, on 13 February 2019, the warrant was based on lies.

“We know that a crime has been committed. It's a serious crime,” said Acevedo, who is referring to clear lies in the original warrant. “When we go into someone's home, which is the sanctity in someone's home, it has to be truthful. It has to be honest. It has to be absolutely factual. So, we know there's a crime that's been committed. There's a high probability that there will be a criminal charge.”

The police broke down their door. The first officer shot the Tuttles' dog. He claimed the dog was “charging him”. That shot started the gun battle. Dennis Tuttle supposedly shot back with a .357 magnum revolver, wounding the first officer in the door. Initially, on 28 January 2019, no revolver was inventoried from the scene.

The day after the independent forensics team findings were released, on 14 May 2019, the Houston Police said the revolver was among the evidence police investigators recovered.

Police claim Rhogena attempted to take a shotgun from a wounded officer. She was shot and killed.  It is not clear if she ever touched the officer's shotgun. The independent forensic report claims she was killed by bullets fired through the wall of the home, where the person firing could not have seen her. From houstohchronicle.com 24 July 2019:

Doyle said his team had recovered the bullet that killed Nicholas, and that evidence showed she was shot by an officer standing outside of the house, who fired through a wall — meaning he would not have been able to see her — striking her as she turned away from the door, toward where her dead dog was found.

Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas were the victims.
Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas were the victims.

In addition, the independent investigators' report claimed the couple's dog was shot at the edge of the dining room, 15 feet from the door. That raises questions about the claim the dog was charging at the first officer in the door.

…though the outside forensics review showed the dog was shot and killed at the edge of the dining room, 15 feet from the front door.

The exact timing of events is uncertain because no officers wore body cameras. Surveillance video from the house next door was confiscated by the police. Houston Police have refused to release the 911 calls.

The independent investigators were able to recover a cell phone video of the event. The most provocative evidence claimed from the video, is two shots were fired almost 30 minutes after the raid started. The investigators claim it was shortly after those shots were fired, the police at the scene said that “Both suspects were down”.  The private investigators found evidence that two shots were fired inside the home, into the back wall of the dining room, from very close range, contrary to police versions of the event. In total, the private investigators recovered more than 10 bullets from inside the Harding Street house.  From houstoncronicle.com 24 July, 2019: 

The independent review, released in a court filing Thursday, also highlighted the perplexing presence of two bullet holes in an inner room of the home, shot into the wall from inches away but more than four yards from the shootout by the front door.

Taken in conjunction with video footage that appears to have captured the sound of two shots half an hour after the gunbattle, family attorney Mike Doyle argued in a 22-page legal petition that the independent findings raise enough questions to merit further investigation in preparation for a lawsuit.

The independent investigators say they did not find evidence of people inside the house firing toward the outside.

The independent investigators recovered two teeth, they say belonged to Dennis Tuttle, inside the house. The autopsy of Dennis Tuttle should reveal if he was shot in the head and if he was missing teeth as a result.

The competence of the official local forensic investigators is questionable, if they left 10 bullets and two human teeth, at the scene, to be recovered by independent forensic investigators.

Of the last 109 cases where Officer Goines swore out search warrants, all made claims of guns, but no guns were recorded as having been seized.  From khou.com:

Goines swore in search warrant affidavits that “knocking and announcing would be dangerous, futile,” because he claimed a confidential informant had seen a gun inside. Those claims led judges to grant no-knock warrants, which accounted for 96 percent of all the search warrants he filed in the last seven years, a KHOU 11 Investigation has found.

But in every one of the more than 100 drug cases based off those warrants, there’s no record of Goines ever seizing a gun after executing a no-knock search warrant.

Immediately after the raid, the meme of innocent officers being ambushed by drug dealers was spread across the nation, before it was shown to be false. From ktnv.com in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 28, 2019 (the head of the police union is Gamaldi, not Grimaldi or Grammas) :

The Houston Police Union did not hold back after the ambush-style attack.

“We are sick and tired of having targets on our back, we are sick and tired of having dirt bags trying to take our lives,” said Joe Grimaldi, with the Houston Police Officers Union.

“We need to have stiffer penalties on people committing crime, there's no doubt about it,” said Grammas.

Grammas said he would like to see mandatory death sentences for cop killers and additional officers on the street to begin to deter the violence facing officers.

There was no ambush. The police fired first.

It was a no-knock raid based on false evidence.  There are many unanswered questions about who fired when and who hit who.

Joe Gamaldi, head of the Houston Police Officers Union, has been tight-lipped about the raid for some time. Initially, he made this threat:  From abc13.com on January 29th, 2019:

“Enough is enough. If you're the ones out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, well just know we've all got your number now,” Gamaldi said. “We're going to be keeping track on all of y'all, and we're going to make sure to hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers.

Four officers have retired since the investigations of the raid began. From chron.com on March 22, 2019:

Officer Gerald Goines retired Friday afternoon while under investigation following the Jan. 28 shooting deaths of two residents during a “no-knock raid” of a Pecan Park residence in south Houston. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing more than 1,400 criminal cases that Goines worked on over the course of his 34-year career.

Goines was relieved of duty as questions mounted about his actions leading up to the drug raid, in which a team of undercover narcotics officers burst into a residence at 7815 Harding St. after obtaining a no-knock search warrant. A gun battle ensued that left homeowners Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas dead. Goines was shot, as were three other officers, one of whom remains hospitalized.

The four officers all had more than 20 years with the HPD as narcotics officers.

Officer Steven O. Bryant, was listed in the warrant, HPD narcotics investigator Gerald Goines, was the lead investigator in the case, and  two other unnamed HPD narcotics officers are reported to have retired as well.

No officers wore body cameras. Shortly after the raid, Chief Acevedo spoke of officers “laying down covering fire”.  We do not know how many rounds were fired by police, or where, or aimed at who. From abc13.com on January 30th, 2019:

“After we had two officers down and another shot, the remaining officers … started laying down cover fire, left positions of cover themselves and, I believe, they heroically pulled their fellow officers out of harm's way,” Acevedo said.

With the evidence collected by the independent forensic experts, family attorney Mike Doyle has filed a petition to allow for questioning of police officials under oath, in preparation for a lawsuit. The FBI is also investigating the case.


About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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    Mikial
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    Mikial

    You know, I support the police. I did several years as a probation officer and my son did several years as a deputy sheriff. We both quit because the BS was getting a little too deep. But, you know, these stories are getting a little too common. Innocent home owners shot through the window of their own home, no-knock warrants based on false allegations or served on the wrong address, the cop that shot at a dog and killed a lady lying on the grass a good distance behind it, trigger happy cops, cops who place false evidence. I honestly… Read more »

    toomanyhobbies
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    toomanyhobbies

    this stinks as bad as the Trump witch hunt… a warrant based on a lie, an invasion based on the lie, and the PD operates a coverup to CYA…. a law suit would only serve to hurt the tax payers and will not bring back the dead, up life in prison for all that are involved in the raid would.

    Get Out
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    Get Out

    IMOA this no knock raid smelled bad when it was first reported, there were just to many inconsistencies reported about the shooting. Now after the independent investigators’ report and even more inconsistencies of the shooting were found it has the obvious stench of another police coverup is in the works.

    Will
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    Will

    Goines was the problem. For over 20 yrs. BS search warrants on BS CI’s !

    Fnu Lnu
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    Fnu Lnu

    In the Book of ACTS, the Roman Captain responsible for jailing Paul before he was to be scourged (flogged) was quick to have Paul released as soon as he learned Paul was a Roman citizen. It was unlawful to scourge a Roman citizen who had not been found guilty.

    The Captain knew there were consequences for such things. In those days, public officials could be put to death for violating rights of due process.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    I’d like to see a court order unsealing the ID of the alledged “informant” stoolie who is said to have made a drug buy INSIDE this home. Set him on on the wires and question him throughly about the layout of the home, who was where, whathe “bought”, the dog, shere the gun was seen and a description, time of day, describe the couple, etc in great detail. Then bring him back in two weeks and give him different questions that should elicit a new set of answers and descriptions. If they don’t match up at least 90%, he’s lying… Read more »

    gcm
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    gcm

    Cops are not your friend, they are trained to do two things, gather evidence, and get convictions.
    Now it seems like they have added a third, murder and cover up. They smile talk nice claim to
    be a great friend of the community, then they ruin your families life.
    Somebody said Texas like a whole another country, boy they got that right, with a p.d. from
    a third world country. (Houston Texas p.d. that is)

    Mikial
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    Mikial

    Sadly, your comment is all too accurate.

    Boomer
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    Boomer

    You forgot the part about the unregistered and undocumented drugs that were found in a cops car! (Goines’ car I believe) Hmmm, possibly planning on planting the drugs to give validity to the raid, where no drugs were found, but got himself shot before he could follow through, and thus foiling his plan?! None of these officers should have been able to retire and frankly, should all be in jail themselves! Also that police union asshole with his overt and blatant threats against the public should be held accountable for his irresponsible and reckless statements about “having peoples numbers” and… Read more »

    gregs
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    gregs

    corruption begins at the top and spreads like cancer. acevedo has a history of violating civil rights and it is no wonder that the officers that work for him would do the same. NO POLICE OFFICER, FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL SHOULD HAVE QUALIFIED IMMUNITY. IF THEY COMMIT A CRIME THEY SHOULD PAY FOR THAT CRIME JUST AS WE THE CITIZENS WOULD HAVE TO DO. I hope the family sues the Houston police department, each individual officer, acevedo and Grimaldi.

    Mikial
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    Mikial

    Amen.

    RevJ
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    RevJ

    Did one of the major players from the HPD “have it in” for the couple for some innocuous reason? This one has too many unanswered questions. An impartial investigation (if something like that actually exists) needs to be done to clear the air.

    1776 Patriot
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    1776 Patriot

    There are good cops. There are bad cops. Unfortunately, especially in the dark of night, you can’t tell the difference by looking.

    All one can do is act prudently at all times and have video cameras, uploading to a cloud, and advise all cops they’re on “candid camera”; signs, verbally, etc. To the good cops it won’t be a problem.

    It’s sad when a few bad apples taint the entire barrel.

    Whatzit
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    Whatzit

    Remember – when one or two bad apples spoil the whole barrel, you now have an entire barrel of bad apples. The entire barrel is equally spoiled as the original one or two. I wonder if those guys always have access to a little dope and a dirty gun or two – just in case the “evidence” needs a little “help”.

    Boomer
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    Boomer

    There were actually undocumented/unregistered drugs found in one of the cops who was shot! (Goines’ car I believe) Makes you wonder if that wasn’t the “evidence” that was intended to be used to justify this raid? The whole thing wreaks!

    Joe in Missouri
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    Joe in Missouri

    Considering cops are order followers just like the guards at Auschwitz or the men that nailed christ to the cross I would say that there is no such thing as a good cop. They are in reality the enforcers for the illegitimate laws that the NWO has their puppet legislators write. We need to abolish police departments ASAP.

    MICHAEL J
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    MICHAEL J

    Every head on that red flag chain should have their necks on the chopping block.

    JPM
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    JPM

    Smacks of Ruby Ridge with officers firing through barriers (walls & doors) without knowing who or what is on the other side. Houston has a reputation for corruption in the police department, especially at the upper levels. It also is a rough town for the police as far as high threat levels which makes for a very bad situation, but does not excuse this fiasco or the officers involved.

    Mark-Z
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    Mark-Z

    Do you not think the two things connected? Most police departments around where I live have good reputations, the ones that don’t always seem to have problems dealing with the public. IMO, there is a reason the two go hand in hand. I don’t think those kind of problems run from the bottom up. Just my $.02 cents!

    Rock
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    Rock

    Imagine that, a warrant based on LIES…. Did Hillary buy the warrant for the cops ????

    Terry
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    Terry

    Seems that some one needs to check out the officers pawnshop receipts. Sounds like with all of the missing guns from each of the scenes that some one was selling the missing guns or adding to their person armories, similar to a rapist stealing pantys.

    Rock
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    Rock

    Sadly, this sounds like a covert police hit squad sent to take/retrieve something OR silence someone while leaving ZERO witnesses, add a few probable “friendly fire” wounding, for effect. Has that “Magnum Force” smell… No cameras worn…. Dog killed 15 feet away from the door… Then there are the two shots after 30 minutes, the “make SURE they are dead” shots. Yeah this entire deal stinks. I am almost ALWAYS on the blue side, but THIS sounds like a scripted murder and it sounds like they may have done it before. This hit squad is after cash, guns, drugs or… Read more »

    gearjammer
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    gearjammer

    ” magnum force ” smell, I was thinking “training day”…

    Firewagon
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    Firewagon

    LOL! Was my thought also, “Magnum Force.” This is a harbinger for what is to come, if/when the anti-gun whacks get that gun bill passed that would have the po po confiscating your guns because Aunt Slewfoot fears you might be a gun nut! I’m old, so little ‘time’ to lose, if ANYBODY blows through my adobe’s door, without an invite, I can almost guarantee it will be far more messy than this farce! I have little to no respect for what passes for “Equal Justice Under Law” these days, the lawless get away with about anything, while “We The… Read more »

    Stripeseven
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    Stripeseven

    What’s done in the dark will eventually come to light. Let the finger pointing begin…

    StandWith Me
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    StandWith Me

    You need to remember that Houston is a deep, deep Blue and sanctuary city that has been going down the toilet for many years. You live in Houston at your own peril.

    MikeRoss
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    MikeRoss

    How were the four cops injured? The initial reports made it sound like they were shot, but now…?

    Will
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    Will

    They were shot !

    Geary
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    Geary

    No knock warrants are nothing more than government sanctioned hits

    Will Flatt
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    And people wonder why so few trust the police!! This stinks to high hell!!

    einsteinsdaddy
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    einsteinsdaddy

    I hope they were covered the bullets from the injured officers. It seems like there’s a pretty good chance they came from their own weapons.

    einsteinsdaddy
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    einsteinsdaddy

    The moment they shot my dog I would Light those motherfuckers up regardless of consequences!

    einsteinsdaddy
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    einsteinsdaddy

    Most Cops are trying to do their jobs. It’s SCUMBAGS Like Goines that get buckets of water dumped on the good ones.

    Jeffersonian
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    Jose Guerena,
    Erik Scott,
    John Crawford,
    Autumn Steele,
    Justine Damond,
    Jack Yantis,
    Andrew Finch,
    Daniel Shaver,
    Richard Black,
    Melyda Corado,
    Botham Jean,
    Jemel Roberson,
    Emantic Bradford,
    Dennis Tuttle,
    and Rhogena Nicholas
    could not be reached for comment.

    Phil1979
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    Phil1979

    Wow, so much stink over all this. I hope all those involved with dirt on their hands get put in prison.

    Deplorable Bill
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    Deplorable Bill

    Hmmm, lets see. Wrong house, No body cam for any of them?. Shots fired from the outside of the home, through walls, with no clean sight of the “target” Spent rounds not being picked up. Body parts not picked up. Attack dog not where he was said to be murdered. Two rounds fired 30 min after the start of the murder by cop fiasco. No drugs found in the home. Cops/city not releasing info and holding back any information that could possibly prove they were correct or not. I saw a you tube post of the correct house. It has… Read more »

    pieslapper
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    pieslapper

    End limited immunity.

    StreetSweeper
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    StreetSweeper

    Murder by cop protected by the blue wall of silence.

    Circle8
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    Circle8

    What moron shoots through a wall without knowing what is on the other side, friend or foe? I do not want him covering my 6 if he is gong to do that.

    Circle8
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    Circle8

    I am not aware of Houston’s PD details of the incident or their policies but I know the Internal Affairs and others looking into this will. All involved better lawyer up and pray. As a retired Robbery/Homicide Investigator this smells worse than a dead body. I read the initial article in Ammoland and at the time I made the comment to others this case is going to bite someone in the a$$ or the info in the article was a fabrication. To say there were errors made on this raid is a given and just based on the article six… Read more »

    J Gibbons
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    J Gibbons

    Per the article, the lead cop always claimed there were guns involved when no guns were recovered in more than 95% of cases. That should have been a tip off to his superiors 20 years ago.

    Vanns40
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    Vanns40

    As a retired LEO I will repeat what I have said many times before, I am not a believer in “no knock” warrants.

    Nanashi
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    Nanashi

    Felony murder for the lying officer. Seek the death penalty.

    Renov8
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    Renov8

    The fix was in from the start…and everyone knew it. Time to pay up and get locked up…