KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The family of a Killeen man who was shot to death as police served a no-knock warrant is speaking out.
(Photo by Chelsea Edwards)
While police say James Scott Reed shot first, his fiancée is telling another side of the story.
"He was laying right there with his eyes open," says Eva Brocks.
She says she and James Scott Reed were in bed last Wednesday when something came crashing through the window followed by flickering, blinding lights.
"It was like 'boom' and the flares- I jumped that way, and he jumped this way," says Brocks pointing to the sides of the bedroom where broken glass is scattered.
"Somebody said 'shots fired', and he didn't even fire shots. And that's when all of them went to shooting."
She says Killeen police saw her fiancée reaching for his dresser and moments later opened fire.
"I kept saying, 'Scottie, get up- get up Scottie,' but his eyes didn't move," she adds tearing up.
Officers quickly put her in the back of a patrol car.
Hours later, the police chief says they were issuing a no-knock warrant on Reed for drug charges.
But his family tells another story.
"If you need him for something he'll come through," says his brother Larry Reed.
"He doesn't mind helping anybody; he's got a good spirit."
They don't deny he sold drugs but question the reasons officers fired into the apartment.
"It should be some evidence showing if he fired a shot," says Reed.
"It had to go somewhere. When I walk around and I look at his house and the neighbor's house, if he was to exchange gunfire- what did it hit?"
An officer had minor injuries possibly from broken glass.
Eva says she was held in a holding tank and did not learn of Reed's death until three days later.
"For that to happen to him, he didn't deserve none of it- at all," she says.
His family hopes that his death was not in vain.
The family plans to fight to end no-knock warrants nationwide and hope a full investigation ends in justice.
"I just pray and hope that they do right, and if you find yours wrong, then prosecute them like you would prosecute me," adds Reed.