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[–] Sw0rdofDamocles 0 points 26 points (+26|-0) ago 

There's more to this story than the immediately linked article provides. The NYTimes article fleshes out that this whole mess was caused by a fellow trailer trash meth-head acquaintance of the defending shooter who sold him out to stay out of jail. They clearly didn't verify the information an untested informant had provided, but they were aware that the resident was armed. As far as I'm concerned, the police let their hunger for a drug bust screwed them up here and cost an officer his life in an effort to shut down what they thought was a fledgling grow operation.

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[–] Tsilent_Tsunami 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

The guy had marijuana plants.

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[–] Sw0rdofDamocles 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yea, there's no denying that, but it's just a pity that an officer, husband, and father of two children, had to get fatally shot in the head for them to confirm that bit of hearsay from a meth-head desperate to get out of jail. Then again, considering it was the deceased's flagrant omissions of information in drafting the warrant request that the Judge would need to determine if the warrant was needed at all that brought this about. In the end, I think it's fair Sgt. Sowder suffer for his actions. Do I like that he's dead, not really, but if anyone should've taken a bullet there I'm relieve it was him.

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[–] FireMarshallBill 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Good observation.