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DA To Review 800 Cases Linked To Second Houston Cop Suspended Over Drug Raid

Approximately 30 cases linked to Officer Steven Bryant are currently pending in court.

The Pecan Park house where four police officers were shot on January 28, 2019 while serving a search warrant.
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The Pecan Park house where two people died and five police officers were wounded on January 28, 2019 while they were serving a search warrant.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office is expanding its investigation of the January 28 deadly drug raid that left two people dead in Houston and five police officers wounded.

District Attorney Kim Ogg said on Monday that prosecutors will review at least 800 cases linked to Houston Police Officer Steven Bryant, who has been suspended with pay.

Bryant first claimed to have witnessed the drug buy that led to the botched search warrant. But he later told investigators that he didn’t directly witness the drugs being purchased, but was instead directed by HPD Officer Gerald Goines to retrieve two bags of heroin from Goines’ patrol car.

Ogg announced on February 20 that prosecutors are reviewing more than 1,400 cases tied to Goines, who led the operation and has also been suspended.

"We have a duty to the people of Harris County to pursue justice in every instance, no matter how many cases this involves," Ogg said. "We are going to thoroughly review each of these cases to ensure that the arrests and convictions were proper."

The District Attorney's Office is notifying individual defense lawyers of the review to ensure they have a chance to independently review potential defenses.

Prosecutors are also letting defense lawyers know a hold has been placed the on cases pending the conclusion of the review.

Of the cases linked to Bryant, approximately 30 are currently pending in court.