Documents Detail Crime Scene Search After Killeen Officers Shot

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email
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Documents released Wednesday provide details not only of the investigation leading up to a drug raid that left one Killeen police officer dead and another injured, but also of the evidence recovered from the crime scene after the shooting including dozens of shell casings.

The officers were shot as they tried to serve a search warrant at this apartment in Killeen. (Photo by Ben Griffin)


KILLEEN (May 14, 2014)—Services for Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie, 47, an 18-year veteran of the Killeen Police Department and a member of the department’s SWAT Team for 15 years, will be held Saturday.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Killeen at 3310 South W S Young Dr.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center at 3601 South W S Young Dr. Burial will follow at Killeen City Cemetery.

Funds have been established at Extraco Banks for both his family and the family of wounded Officer Odis Denton.

Dinwiddie, whose father was an Army officer, was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but his family later settled in Harker Heights, where he attended Harker Heights Elementary School, Manor Junior High School, and then graduated from Killeen High School in 1984. 

He earned an associate degree in Electronics and Computer Technology from Central Texas College and joined the Killeen Police Department in 1996.

He was married to Holly Dinwiddie for 22 years and they had two children, 10-year-old Colin and 9-year-old Chloe.  (Rachel Cox)


 

KILLEEN (May 14, 2014) Documents released Wednesday including search warrant affidavits and a lengthy evidence inventory provide details of both the drug raid that left one Killeen police officer dead and another injured and of the crime scene investigation that followed the deadly shooting.

Police Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie, 47, and Officer Odis Denton, 37, were shot as they and other officers served the narcotics search warrant just after 5:30 a.m. Friday at 1104 Circle M Dr. Apt. 3 in Killeen.

Dinwiddie died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the intensive care unit of Scott & White Hospital.

Denton, who was shot in the femur, underwent surgery and was released from Scott & White on Wednesday.

Two other officers were hit by gunfire, but were spared injury by their protective gear.

An inventory of evidence collected over the course of about 12 hours as the crime scene was processed through the afternoon on May 9 and into the early morning hours on May 10 lists dozens of shell casings, projectiles, projectile fragments among more than 150 items gathered and documented.

Investigators also seized a glass pipe identified as drug paraphernalia, a safe, a grinder, a laptop computer, two walkie-talkies, a 9-mm pistol, and three cellphones from inside the apartment.

The evidence return does not list any drugs.

The two residents of the apartment, Marvin Louis Guy, 49, of Killeen, and a 50-year-old woman identified in the documents released Wednesday as Shirley Whittington, were arrested after the shooting.

Guy was captured as he tried to flee from the rear door of the apartment and Whittington followed officers’ orders to surrender, the documents say.

Guy remains in the Bell County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $3 million charged with three counts of attempted capital murder.

He has not yet been charged in Dinwiddie’s death.

Whittington’s status isn’t clear, but her name does not appear in online jail records.

A “no knock” warrant, authorizing the officers to enter the apartment without providing prior notification to the residents, was issued on May 8 after an investigation that started in March in response to a tip from an informant about cocaine trafficking in the area of the 1100 block of Circle M Drive.

Authorities determined that a blue Crown Victoria that the informant said was linked to the sale of cocaine belonged to Guy and through the month of April members of the Bell County Organized Crime Unit conducted “extensive surveillance” in the area, according to an affidavit submitted for the warrant.

The informant told an investigator that Guy “frequently kept large amounts of cocaine in the blue Crown Victoria” as well as in his girlfriend’s red Chevrolet Impala, the affidavit said.

On April 24 investigators observed Guy remove a white bag from the trunk of the Ford and place it in the trunk of an Impala driven by a woman later identified as Whittington, the affidavit said.

About two days later the informant met with Guy in a parking area on Circle M Drive and later reported that Guy removed the bag from the trunk of the Impala and that it contained cocaine, the affidavit said.

About two days before the affidavit was submitted on May 8, the informant reported that Guy had “a quantity of cocaine,” the affidavit said.

“The informant has reported that Guy is frequently armed with a handgun...affiant (asks) that this warrant be issued authorizing a ‘No Knock’ entry for the suspected place,” the affidavit said.

The warrant authorized officers to arrest Guy and to search not only the apartment, but also the Crown Victoria and the Chevrolet Impala.


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