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Four SWAT Officers Shot During TX Drug Raid

Four SWAT Officers Shot During TX Drug Raid

William Carroll is walked to a police cruiser after processing at police headquarters on Nov. 11. Carroll allegedly shot four police officers serving a drug-related warrant in the afternoon. [AP]

The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

November 12, 2010

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Four San Antonio SWAT officers executing a narcotics search warrant at an East Side home were wounded in a hail of assault rifle fire Thursday afternoon.

One was in critical condition and underwent surgery late in the day, Brooke Army Medical Center spokesman Dewey Mitchell said. He said another was in serious but stable condition.

Both were struck multiple times after entering a home in the 4300 block of Wild Oak Drive, Police Chief William McManus said.

The other two suffered lesser injuries and were taken to University Hospital, where they were treated and released.

The more seriously hurt were officers with 30 years of police work between them. A police spokesman identified them as Lt. Jorge Suarez and Officer John Diaz.

William Carroll, 29, was charged with four counts of attempted capital murder, police spokesman Chris Benavides said.

As he was hustled out of police headquarters on his way to jail, Carroll told reporters that he didn’t know he was shooting at police and said he was sorry for firing at them.

The officers were wearing protective vests and helmets labeled POLICE, Benavides said.

McManus said Carroll, who was being booked into Bexar County Jail, had been charged with murder twice before. He also served time in federal prison on a narcotics conviction, Benavides said.

Police records indicate a grand jury no-billed the murder charge against Carroll in one case; the second charge was dismissed, Benavides said.

The dates of those incidents weren’t immediately available.

At the scene, McManus said he counted at least 14 bullet holes from gunshots fired from inside the home as he described how the SWAT team tried to breach the front door shortly after 2:30 p.m.

The officers conducted a “no-knock” search, and once inside the home, were met by a fusillade of gunfire, McManus said.

The chief said the officers returned fire but didn’t hit any of the people inside — which included a woman and a small child.

It was not immediately clear who lived at the home, police said.

The SWAT team was at the small frame home to serve what McManus described as a high-risk warrant — searching for narcotics. It wasn’t immediately clear if narcotics were recovered.

It was a chaotic scene in the tree-lined, working-class neighborhood as more than 20 patrol vehicles converged on the scene not far from the Interstate 10 East intersection with Southeast Loop 410.

McManus said the most seriously wounded officer was Suarez, an 18-year veteran of the force, who was hit twice. One of the bullets that struck him traveled under his vest and became lodged in his midsection, the chief said.

Diaz was was hit in the abdomen, cheek and shoulder.

Late Thursday, Benavides said both were expected to make a full recovery.


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    Rogue1

    over 3 years ago

    466 Comments

    bump highland2010

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    aussie4

    over 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    God Bless and keep safe all thee Leo's, now and forever. While your at it, burn this pos bad guy as well as all others who were with him, please.

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    Highland2010

    over 3 years ago

    128 Comments

    I hope they get better soon. He didn't know they were police? I call bullshit. He was anticipating the bust, why else would you have a loaded assault rifle waiting to go... Not to mention... 20+ Cop cars parked out side, if that doesn't give it away i don't know what would....

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    Badazz_Rebel_Cop1123

    over 3 years ago

    820 Comments

    My prayers go out to the officers. Get well soon and god Bless you all!

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    rafaelmorales

    over 3 years ago

    3000 Comments

    GET WELL FAST MY FELLOW BROTHERS IN BLUE

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    DIRTY_S_136

    over 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    MY PRAYERS FOR THE OFFICER'S. AS FOR THE PEACE OF SHART WHY IS HE STILL BREATHING.

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    natasha74

    over 3 years ago

    604 Comments

    My prayer are with you have a speedy recovery. And as for these kind of criminals they should be executed, that's justice in my book. We are wasting money feeding these people and clothing them in prison enough is enough lets execute them all no more criminals. It would make this world a better place to live in.

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    BeachAngel

    over 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    My thoughts, prayers & hope for a full speedy recovery. Thank you for all your hard dedicated work, you are all appreciated.

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    arroyol

    over 3 years ago

    696 Comments

    hope for a speedy recovery

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    gardenanightrider

    over 3 years ago

    200 Comments

    Recover quickly brothers. Our prayers are with you.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    prayers

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    Rhino727

    over 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    Hoping all will be well!

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    america_health

    over 3 years ago

    252 Comments

    My prayers for the families and officers

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    TxLawMan33

    over 3 years ago

    442 Comments

    My prayers for the families and officers

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    CAZ

    over 3 years ago

    1428 Comments

    Prayers go to the Officers, their families, the department and community. God speed for a complete recovery.

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