Grand Jury Indicts Former HPD Officers For Role In Botched Harding Street Drug Raid

The January 2019 raid left two citizens dead and several officers injured.

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The Pecan Park house where Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas lived.

A Harris County grand jury indicted two former Houston police officers involved in the botched Harding Street drug raid that left two citizens dead and several officers injured, District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Wednesday.

The jury handed down indictments against Gerald Goines, who led the raid, for felony murder and tampering with a government document and against Steven Bryant, his partner, for tampering with a government document.

On January 28, 2019 narcotics officers with the Houston Police Department raided the home of Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas. After a shootout in which the details are still disputed, the couple and their dog were killed. Five officers were also wounded.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office previously charged Goines with two counts of felony murder and Bryant with tampering with a government document.

"With these indictments our Houston community, and members of our community, agreed with the decision that we made in charging these officers by finding that probable cause existed to believe that these officers had committed these offenses," Ogg said Wednesday.

Ogg said this concludes the first phase of the DA's investigation. She said this is likely the first of three grand juries that will hear the investigation, with the subsequent two phases to focus on other officers and the shooting itself.

The officers also face federal charges.

[View a timeline of the Harding Street raid, here.]

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