Chief: Officer lied in affidavit before deadly Houston raid

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Police investigate the scene where several Houston Police officers were shot in Houston on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. At least five Houston officers were injured in a shooting Monday in an incident involving a suspect and taken to a hospital, police said. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Houston’s police chief says a lead investigator lied in an affidavit justifying a drug raid on a home in which two residents were killed and four officers were wounded during a gun battle.

Chief Art Acevedo said during a news conference Friday that the investigator falsely claimed in the affidavit that an informant obtained heroin from the home. Police records indicate it was actually obtained elsewhere.

The investigator was one of the officers who were shot in the gunfight Jan. 28 that killed 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle and 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas. He remained hospitalized Friday.

Acevedo praised the investigator in the hours after the raid as being “tough as nails,” but he said Friday that there’s a “high probability that there will be a criminal charge” brought against him.

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