Pictured: The warning posted outside of Dallas Horton’s home did not deter police from performing a no-knock raid. (Image Credit: Jim Beckel / The Oklahoman)
SENTINEL, OK — Police performed a no-knock raid on an innocent man’s home because of a hoax phone call, leading to the town’s police chief being shot.
The apparent “swatting” was initiated with a bomb threat placed to 9-1-1 on the morning of Thursday, January 15th, 2015. Police wasted no time investigating before assembling a team to perform a no-knock raid on the home of the man suspected of placing the 4:00 a.m. call: 29-year-old Dallas Horton, a man who enjoys firearms and decorates his home with signage about zombies.
Sentinel Police Chief Louis Ross led the raid himself, accompanied by deputies from the Washita County Sheriff’s Office.
As many as five police officers kicked down the door to Mr. Horton’s ranch home and began entering the bedrooms. The unsuspecting Mr. Horton awoke, picked up a gun and opened fire, evidently thinking he was being attacked by criminal home invaders.
“They made entry, cleared the first bedroom, started to clear the second bedroom, he opened fire on police and shot our chief three times in the chest and once in the arm,” Sentinel Mayor Sam Dlugonski told KFOR.
Chief Louis survived, with injuries, thanks to his bullet-proof vest. Mr. Horton, too, survived and was taken into custody.
Written by Police State USA Staff
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