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No Charges for Man Who Shot Oklahoma Chief During Swatting Incident

January 19, 2015  | 

Chief Louis Ross (Photo: Sentinel PD)
Chief Louis Ross (Photo: Sentinel PD)

The homeowner who nearly killed a Sentinel, Okla., police chief during a swatting incident raid won’t face charges since officers entered the house on a false report.

Chief Louis Ross borrowed a bullet-proof vest from a Washita County Sheriff’s Office deputy only minutes before kicking down the front door of a suspected bomb threat hoaxer, the New York Daily News reports.

The last thing Ross remembers from 6 a.m. Thursday raid is identifying himself as a law officer.

Bullets then ripped out of Dallas Horton’s firearm, striking Ross’ vest-protected chest three times. A fourth bullet struck Ross’ arm.

“Had he not put that vest on, I would not be here at the doctor with my husband today," his wife, Mary Ross told KOGO TV. "And I praise God for that.”

The bullet to Louis Ross’ arm went clean through. He and his family came to an Oklahoma City orthopedic specialist Friday to determine the best way to heal.

“Luckily, because it was a small caliber weapon, they didn’t have to go in to do any type of surgery, to do any clean out," Mary Ross said. "So they’re going to just continue to monitor it. He’s going to have to go through physical therapy.”

On Friday, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation determined the call threatening to blow up the school did not come from the Horton home.

 


Comments (12)

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Longarm9 @ 1/19/2015 4:14 PM

WHAT?! This is some serious BS.

It doesn't matter that the call was false; the police were acting in good faith under the real belief that there were explosives inside the home. I presume they also had a warrant for entry as well. The proper response of the home owner, who KNEW the police were coming into his house would be to cooperate. Things could easily be sorted out once they found out there was no bomb.

Unless there's a hell of a lot more to this story, this is a very bad and dangerous precedent that should never have been set.

Jeanne44 @ 1/19/2015 4:19 PM

Congratulations, Chief! You are one smart to wear your vest, lucky guy! Good job, and speedy recovery. Every physical therapy rep, use the pain to remember how very lucky you are. Blessings to your wife, too. You made it home safely.

exranger @ 1/19/2015 6:21 PM

Glad the officer is gonna be alright. Seems like kind of an overkill by the officer in kicking a door in for a threatening phone call. Maybe next time they will use another, safer, procedure to make contact with a phone call offender.

Greg @ 1/20/2015 3:26 AM

"Ross said he remembers kicking in the door, and identifying himself right before bullets started flying."

So, a "no knock" raid (based on an annonymous tip) was held at 6 AM, door gets kicked in and the innocent guy defends himself. I really love the chief worked in, "Identifying myself as an officer" to try and cover himself.

Luckily, no one was killed, no dogs shot and perhaps a few no-knocks may not be held for no valid reason.

James @ 1/20/2015 6:17 AM

In the local papers and in a few other new reports they did a no knock and it was said by one of the officers they didn't not yell police till after the shots rang out this is why there are no charges so far and an investigation is ongoing. There seems to be a serious inconsistency of the officers accounts, but there is still an ongoing investigation to sort out the story. So let;s not rush to panic or accuse. This ain't over as they say.

James @ 1/20/2015 6:22 AM

They state is also questioning their procedures and complete lack of any cursory investigation by a simple call to find out the origin of the call. The Police Chief said he personally knows the man also. So there's something really odd and totally out of normal procedure here, almost weird as to why they decided to do a no knock on this. Sound like the Police Chief may have completely screwed up thinking well I know the man so it's gonna be okay... NEVER think that way, humans are unpredictable. But this raid isn't smelling right this is why the prosecutors, the Chief, the officers and the state all decided to NOT arrest him. I smell a massive screw up here. It happens when officers fail to follow legal and common sense procedures this is why we have them.

Greg @ 1/20/2015 7:01 AM

It was reported a phone call arrived at 4AM warning of a bomb threat, it was also reported they did not have a warrant...repeat that several times...they did not have a warrant.

Was this Chief set up? He sure had a lack of back-up.

Just how did the civilian "KNOW" it was the police? The Chief had already kicked the door in before he claimed he announced who he was. He was very lucky the gun used was a "small caliber weapon".

Yes, it is some serious BS...in 2 hours after an annonymous call, a raid, no warrant, no knock etc. is carried out. Serious BS.

Glad the Chief will be OK...and wiser too! Crashing through doors is a young man's game. I sure let the young guys do it.

TBOW426 @ 1/20/2015 7:33 AM

Some of the posters here need to do a little research before posting. Read the other articles and watch the TV interview. It was a 'SWATTING" call which means some type of spoof card was used to show the address as Horton's. A warrant was obtained based on the intel known at the time showing the address where the threat came from as Horton's address. Knocking and announcing when the target address may contain explosives???? Not me, but I would not have kicked the door either. With my 20-20 hindsight I would have evacuated the area and done a call out, BUT I do not know what intel was available to them at the time and what circumstances led them to immediate action.

Larry Romero @ 1/20/2015 8:04 AM

Chief, glad for your recovery and prayers for you and your family.

ResAgentSWA @ 1/20/2015 3:40 PM

Longarm9, you appear to be making some assumptions that could be leading you to a potentially false conclusion. Just because "the police were acting in good faith" does not mean that the homeowner was doing exactly the same thing. For example, I currently wear hearing aids and glasses due to my older age. If someone busts down my door and walks into my bedroom at 6 AM there is a high probability they are going to get shot. I probably will not hear their announcement (or lack of one in a no-knock entry) and, in the dark and without my glasses, I will not be able to discern a badge (20/400 vision now). If I reach over and feel my wife there then whoever is there in my house does not belong there, regardless if "the police were acting in good faith" or not. A homeowner may legitimately not know it is the police and may be acting in good faith as they attempt to defend themselves from what they believe is a deadly threat. What is legally allowed and what practically happens are two different things.

Russ @ 1/21/2015 2:57 AM

iM glad the Chief was wearing a vest and it prevented us from reading about a LODD. I agree with ResAgentSWA. I can't help but wonder if the Chief obtained a warrant (whether it's a no knock or not). If my security alarm goes off, and someone enters my house in a tumultuous manner as happened in this case, is going to be shot. There have been too many incidents where a perpetrator is wearing a vest which identified him as a "Deputy Sheriff", or "Police". I will protect my family, as the home owner did in this case. . I wonder too why the Chief didn't return fire. There is really not enough information to make a judgment call on this, but I'm happy that the Chief can now tell a "war story" about the time he was shot three times and survived.

132&Bush @ 1/21/2015 1:58 PM

Will someone with a legal education please give an explanation of when a person can in good faith shoot a cop in the castle doctrine. There was that case where the cops burned a baby near to death with a flash bang and they weren't liable for good faith so do homeowners also have the same protection? I am saying when there was no real reason for cops being there. Can people defend themselves against people who later turnout to be cops?

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