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It is any husband and father’s greatest fear. You’re sleeping in your bed in the middle of the night when a group of intruders breaks in. Are they here to rob you? Are they here to bring physical harm to your wife or children? To kill you and your family?

I think many of us believe that in a moment like that our response would be almost reflexive – we’d grab whatever we could and fight to defend our family.

That doesn’t sound too controversial – does it?

In Texas this exact situation played out. A man found his home broken into in the middle of the night by a group of armed men. His first reaction? He grabbed his gun (which he owned legally) and opened fire on the armed men.

decideThe problem for this homeowner? The armed men who had kicked down his door were police officers executing a warrant. The police had a warrant to search for marijuana and illegal weapons.

A local grand jury declined Wednesday to indict Henry Goedrich Magee for the December death of Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, who was part of a group of investigators executing a search warrant for Magee's rural home.

Sowders and other officers entered the home about 90 miles northwest of Houston without knocking just before 6 a.m. Authorities were looking for guns and marijuana…

'This was a terrible tragedy that a deputy sheriff was killed, but Hank Magee believed that he and his pregnant girlfriend were being robbed,' DeGuerin said in an interview Thursday.

'He did what a lot of people would have done,' DeGuerin added. 'He defended himself and his girlfriend and his home.'

While the District Attorney believes that the police did act correctly and announced themselves prior to their entrance, she understands that the jury thought there was not enough evidence to show that the homeowner knew that it was the police entering his home that early morning. While the police claim to have announced themselves, this continues the growing trend of execution of “No-Knock” warrants. If the police enter a premises without announcing themselves first – more of these “accidental” deaths will continue to happen… on both sides.

Just a few years ago, police in Atlanta killed an innocent woman in her home while executing a “no-knock” warrant raid on the wrong residence.

“No-knock” raids are utilized in an effort to catch offenders by surprise – but when being executed on average American citizens, they are more likely to put everyone in danger. Police and suspect included. How many of us law abiding citizens own firearms? Our first response to a no-knock raid would be to grab our gun and shoot… especially in the dark of the night, when we are all that stand between our families and violence.

Our government and police forces MUST stop “No-Knock” raids. For everyone’s sake.

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