Skip to comments.He Shot a Police Officer During Late-Night Raid at His Home — Why a Jury Just Found Him Not Guilty
Posted on 07/11/2014 2:35:13 PM PDT by bamahead
When the San Antonio Police Departments Tactical Response Unit busted through his front door, 52-year-old Adrian Perryman says he opened fire because he believed a home invasion was underway. He wounded a police officer, but claims he tossed his firearm once he saw they were cops and not criminals.
It took a jury in San Antonio, Texas, nine hours of deliberation to find Perryman not guilty on four counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer earlier this week. The raid occurred at Perrymans home back in October 26, 2010.
Police officers testified that they shouted, Police! Police! as they broke down the door and then again when they were inside the home, KSAT-TV reports.
That was the big disagreement in the trial as Perrymans attorney, Tony Jimenez, told the jury his client did not hear the police identify themselves or make it known that they had a search warrant. Perryman reportedly fired four rounds at police.
The door goes down he shoots, Jimenez said, according to KSAT-TV. Was it in the direction of police? Did he know they were police?
The defense attorney also told jurors that Perryman was protecting his house, girlfriend and family. His 3-year-old granddaughter, Savannah, was reportedly in the house on the night of the raid.
He was protecting his house, he was protecting Ms. Flores and he was protecting Savannah, Jimenez said.
Prosecutor Steve Spier argued its implausible that trained police officers would risk their lives and have no regard for themselves by failing to loudly proclaim who they are.
Though jurors never heard about the reasons for or results of the search warrant, police at the time reported finding methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and firearms in the home, MySanAntonio.com reports.
Enough of this kind of behavior has happened I think the police are losing their credibility.
Anyone can bust down a door at 2 or 3am and shout police. They’re all dressed in black ... anyone can buy security looking gear - of course there’s never been any case where a police officer was impersonated . Nope, never happened. Right? Right?
Need more of this.
The enforcers of the elites need to be taught to respect citizens.
I say, ‘Hooahh!’.
He Shot a Police Officer During Late-Night Raid at His Home Why a Jury Just Found Him Not Guilty on All Counts
This is great news. Hopefully it will happen more often.
Ummm. No. He did NOT shoot a police officer.
He tried. He came close. But he missed.
The backstory from 2010....
Man opens fire on officers, police sayPolice said Adrian Perryman, 48, fired several shots at the officersat a house in 1200 block of Magnolia around 2:30 a.m.
Police officers serving a warrant at a near North Side home dodged a bullet Tuesday morning - several, actually.
Police said Adrian Remedios Perryman, 48, fired multiple shots at officers after they entered his residence in the 1200 block of Magnolia around 2:30 a.m. with a narcotics search warrant in hand.
Officers in full uniform and detectives wearing raid gear with the word “police” on it yelled, “Police, search warrant!” as they entered the home, leaving no doubt about their identity, police said.
Nobody was injured. One bullet narrowly missed a detective’s left leg, piercing a pocket on his shorts, according to a police incident report. Perryman was apprehended seconds later, and has been charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, the report states.
Police found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and firearms - and two surveillance cameras outside the residence that had given warning of officers’ arrival in real time, the report states.
Perryman was in Bexar County Jail on bonds totaling $280,000, authorities said.
If it’s law enforcement of any kind and its wearing a helmet, if it’s not on a motorcycle, you are Not Guilty.
AP is better when you can find it.
Body armor hates it.
Man is he lucky to be alive. Good for him though.
It is good news. Also good news that the police didn’t just kill him even though he had tossed his gun.
The local story..........
Man who shot at cops acquitted
SAN ANTONIO Jurors who deliberated for 10 hours Tuesday determined that Adrian Perryman was not guilty of aggravated assault of a public servant for a 2010 shooting that took place inside his home as police were serving a search warrant.
They also found Perryman, 52, not guilty of a lesser charge of deadly conduct for firing four rounds at the group of officers he believed to be intruders.
Defense attorney Tony Jimenez told jurors during closing arguments Tuesday that his client, whose home had twice before been broken into, had been awakened by his frantic girlfriend, Rebecca Flores, and was acting on adrenaline when he shot.
He was protecting his house, he was protecting Ms. Flores and he was protecting Savannah, he said, referencing the 3-year-old granddaughter of Flores who also was at the home the night of the October 2010 raid.
Though jurors never heard about the reasons for or results of the search warrant, police at the time reported finding methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and firearms in the home.
Prosecutors Steven Speir and Julie Wright argued that Perryman’s in-home surveillance system would have given him ample warning of the police presence even if he hadn’t heard the shouts of the nine officers yelling Police! Search warrant! as they broke down the door and entered the house.
He was shooting straight at them, Wright said during closing arguments. He certainly wasn’t firing into the ceiling.
Perryman’s former girlfriend, Flores, testified that she looked at the monitor the night of the raid as she came out of the shower and could only see two dark, shadowy figures crouched down outside the house before she ran to wake Perryman and handed him a gun, telling him burglars had returned to the home.
I put my body over Savannah’s, she said, recalling for jurors what she did in the moments after handing Perryman the gun and before he opened fire. He said ‘I’ve got a gun and I’m going to shoot stay out!’
Flores said it wasn’t until after he fired four shots that she heard anyone yelling Police!
I remember telling him the police were here; I thought they were there to protect us. I said ‘Oh, thank God,’ she said.
Perryman took the stand in his defense last week and told jurors how he had shouted a warning before he heard the front door go down and unloaded his gun.
When I knew they were policemen, I lay down, face down, he said, adding he dropped the gun and began apologizing. I kept saying ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I didn’t know it was y’all. I’ve been broken into before.’
Kudos to the jury.
Exactly ... and it does need to happen. LE has forgotten who they work for. Yes I know a few boot lickers will say that there are still good cops ... and there are ... BUT the ratio of good cop to bad cop has long passed the acceptable point.
i’ve considered automated barrier systems that would stop any intruder if they got passed the doors.
of course, ‘they’ wouldn’t like it as it would serve as protection for the occupants
it also wouldn’t be overly attractive, depending on the layout. one design was a 2-3 floor home with the bottom level being circular and mainly serve as the garage and basement. once the home is ‘secured’, an inner wall would move into place. kind of like a can inside a can... whose openings match until you rotate the inner can.
might be a bit nutty, but it would definitely be more secure
It is indeed a miracle that a person who shot in the direction of police invading his home didn’t have his home and everyone in it destroyed.
Sounds like they think that's surprising. Why would it be? People unknown to him entered his home without permission by force in the middle night. Why on earth would the legal burden be upon him to guess correctly whether they're cops or [non legally sanctioned] home invaders?
The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storm may enter, the rain may enter -- but the King of England cannot enter; all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement! -- William Pitt
Add to that, this is in San Antonio. baraq and his buds are releasing hordes of illegals into our country.
Say, at 2AM, English speaking foreign democrat voters show up at your door, yelling that they are police as they are breaking down your door. Then what?
My thinking is that more people are going to just decide to shoot first and worry about the consequences later.
But no dogs were murdered in the process.
D’oh on finding the firearm being mentioned in the article.
“Good cop” is very subjective. Every cop, every single one of them, say or do nothing when other cops violate the people’s God given rights. There are cops who are decent people, but none of them should be trusted.
So what?? What's inconceivable is that you're so stupid that you think home invaders can't enunciate the word. And further, what's also inconceivable is that being that stupid, you STILL think we should care what you think about anything.
Man’s quite lucky to still be on this side of the lawn.
B...b...but did all the cops get home safe? That’s the important question.
The guy was compliant once he learned it was police - further proving that the no-knock raid was totally unnecessary.
Could end up becoming a landmark home defense precedent in Texas. A court affirmed right to defend your family + property from unannounced invasion/entry, no matter who the entrant - criminal, or agent of the state. Even with a warrant. Win for the 4th amendment.
Exactly cops can no longer be trusted ... and if they can't be trusted, they should be replaced by those who can be trusted. The cure (LE) has gotten worse than the disease
The justice system worked, whether you liked it or not.
12 jurors have spoken, that you, the poh-lice, ain’t all that!
Why not arrest him in the day time when he is walking out of 7-Eleven with a slurpee? Or around noon when he wakes up and goes outside?
What is this fascination that cops have of late-night, break down the door, throw the flash-bang, shoot the dog raids??
Some actual police work before any “raid” to collect some actual evidence of the persons guilt would be nice, and some actual police work to confirm WHO is in the house, and making sure it is the right house would also be pretty nice.
I don’t think my standards are too high.
Pull up the stairs at night kind of place?
I’ll go further and say that even the trustworthy ones are corrupted by the system they work in.
Law Enforcement has turned into a for profit / revenue cash cow for the state. Asset forfeiture has made it ok to violate the rights of innocents - just on the mere chance that the state (and department) will get a big payday if the ‘innocent until proven guilty’ suspect can’t prove their asset isn’t a criminal too. Heck, the forfeiteer doesn’t even have to be charged with a crime for the state to confiscate assets. It’s insane.
There are a few Law Enforcement Organizations there who do resist this evil temptation, you hear them speak out from time to time. But they’re in the minority.
“Why not arrest him in the day time”
Ouch, that’s going to leave a mark!
I live in San Antonio, and at the time this happened, many neighbors commented that he was out and about all the time. I think we have too many people in our police these days that just want to play dress up and run around like fools. Anybody smart would have easily grabbed this guy while he was out, and walked right into the house without an ounce of drama,
Why didn’t the police come during the day and ring the doorbell?
If these raids were in the day time maybe they wouldn’t get the wrong address so often. lol
According to the article, the police were looking for drugs. From what I can tell, they do almost all of those as no-knock raids. Another unintended consequence of the war on drugs.
Yeah, sure. They'd say the same thing if they accidentally Swatted a convent.
> FMJ ammo.
> AP is better when you can find it.
Cannon work, too.
F = ma and all that.
No know raids should be illegal in all but the most dire cases (ie murder in progress)
When did the SSA start needing their own armed police force?
Which is why I support an end to the WOD.
Finally something we are in total agreement on. Thank you.
I still support cops; I just don’t support all of them. Picking out the good ones is next to impossible these days.
But what gets missed in these incidents is attention on those that sent these officers in like this. The ‘ranking officials’ make the policies (no-knock) and the Prosecutors make the ‘snitch’ deals that result in these heavy-handed raids for a gram, a gun and a bust to make another Prosecutor’s ‘win’ file and close an investigator’s caseload. It’s really a problem of the culture of ‘closing cases’ and the ‘snitch factor’ (which I’ve commented on prior).
I’d want to see the warrant. If this wasn’t about the welfare of the child, then it’s endemic and certainly not going away anytime soon, as it’s only the latest in a long list of these incidents.
I wrote earlier of the morale of certain Federal agencies (lousy, was my insinuation); I can’t imagine the morale at many police depts these days...where was that recent ‘sick-out’? Eh, Memphis...but I think the point is made...
They found “methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and firearms” in the house?
What does that have to with the warrant?
besides, the first two items belong to the cops.
can’t see giving away my private stash to make a point but, it’s their junk.
Simple changes in interior architecture can make a home much safer, and protect against home invaders, or even the consequences of a mistaken police raid.
A good solid interior door with secure locks separating the sleeping area from the rest of the house provides an extra element of safety. Anyone entering the home suddenly is still one solid barrier from where you and your family are sleeping. A camera which provides a view of the area on the outer side of the door allows the occupants to evaluate the situation before opening the door.
That door should be very strong, solid hardwoods with a steel inner core is one approach. Such a door can also provide a temporary firebreak in the event of a fire. Of course there should be exit paths which don't require passing through the door, such as window drop ladders.
Similarly, an exterior door which enters into a hallway with strong walls and a second door or gate dramatically increases the safety of the home's occupants in a situation where anyone breaks through the exterior door.
Correct, as usual!