Questionable SWAT Raid Leaves a Toddler Injured and His Father Facing Attempted Murder Charges

Florida’s man is facing attempted murder charges after he shot at a Pensacola SWAT team officer earlier in the month. An internal investigation has been launched by police after the child of this man, who is 1 years old, was taken into custody.

Corey Marioneaux, Jr. was charged with attempted murder of a police officer after he fired a gun at a Pensacola Detective as police executed a warrant for his home. According to his family, friends and neighbors, he is a registered gun owner without any criminal history who believed he was shooting at uninvited persons. 

The case is the latest in a string of volatile police raids—most notably the police killing of Breonna Taylor in 2020—that have led to scrutiny and reforms of search warrant tactics in several states over the past several years.

A SWAT team from Pensacola Police Department executed a warrant for Marioneaux’s home at 5:05 a.m., February 3. The police claimed that they were looking for evidence in connection to two shootings in January, which left two victims. (The police would eventually Send an emailMarioneaux wasn’t a suspect, according to WEAR-TV Channel 3 local news. The search warrant was issued for electronic devices, according to his family.

It An arrest reportAccording to the filing, officers called Marioneaux and said they wanted a warrant. They then broke through her door using a battering-ram. 

Marioneaux shot a single round at the officer as he entered the room. He was protecting himself with a shield when the round hit him. According to the report, the round would have ricocheted off a shield the detective was holding.

Marioneaux wasn’t struck by the bullets fired back at him. Marioneaux gave up his pistol and surrendered.

According to the report, Marioneaux spontaneously confessed that he was sorry while being held in custody. “Marioneaux also spontaneously spoke in front of Sergeant. Stockpile #63 – He said he regretted shooting at officers.

Marioneaux’s family and friends were also shocked by what happened following his arrest. He was arrested with his children aged 1 and 3 years old. They were then taken in a police car until Marioneaux’s mother arrived to collect them.

Moiya, the mother of the boy, said she received a call from her daughter telling her what was happening. She found that her son was 1-year old and had suffered from scrapes and scratches on his face. An investigator found that the child had fallen out of the car’s backseat, and was seen on the ground when he opened the door.

Officers called EMS to assess the injuries of the toddler, but he wasn’t taken to hospital. Dixon claims that Pensacola police attempted to discourage Dixon from taking her child to the hospital.

Dixon said, “So many red flags were raised when they said that.” Pensacola News Journal. “Why wouldn’t I take him to the hospital, when his head clearly hurt?”

Pensacola Police Department responded to the accusations An internal investigation was launchedinto the raid and child’s injuries. A spokesperson from the department declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation.

Channel 3 released a statement on February 7, however, that stated the contrary.

The search warrant had been served and two of the children were taken into the home by a PPD investigator. They were waiting for their family to return to take them. The large vehicle in front of them needed help navigating among the other vehicles. To assist the driver, the investigator got out from the backseat. When the investigator tried to gain entry, one of the children leant on the doors of the vehicle. The child fell out of his car. It was not obvious to the investigator that the child was leaning against the car’s door. The child was examined by EMS to determine if there were any injuries. The children were released to their families later.

Dixon told local media outlets that DCF (Florida Department of Children and Families) was also investigating the matter. DCF didn’t immediately reply to our request for confirmation.

In the aftermath of Breonna Taylor’s murder, several states and cities tightened the rules regarding when and how police could use late-night and no-knock search warrants. However, fatal raids are still going on.

A Minneapolis Police Department officer was shot earlier in the month. Shot and killedAmir Locke was 22 when he participated in the no-knock operation. Locke was unidentified in the warrant. He appeared to have fallen asleep on a sofa under a blanket. He was seen putting his hand on the barrel and was shot three times by police officers as he entered the room.

While the government claims that citizens are entitled to Second Amendment protections for their home, it is also stating that state armed agents may open one’s doors at any time of night without warning. So if a groggy, scared citizen, jolted out of bed by the sound of men shouting and the front door coming off its hinges, exercises that right against what he or she could reasonably assume to be violent intruders, the homeowner can be held criminally liable—and that includes capital punishment. The former Reason Radley Balko is a writer The case of Cory Maye was describedA Mississippi man was sentenced to the death after fatally shooting an officer in a raid on illegal drugs. As Reason It has been an argument that raids like these, whether they be used for non-violent or narcotics searches warrants, can put officers and civilians in unnecessary danger, sometimes with deadly results.

Marioneaux was granted a $50,000 bail. James Bryant, his lawyer, said Marioneaux will not admit guilt if the state prosecutor pursues him for charges. Bryant announced that Marioneaux’s hearing was moved from Friday to Monday.

Marioneaux and his relatives have not yet indicated if they intend to file a civil right lawsuit. Bryant however stated that this is possible. Bryant stated, “It’s really up to Pensacola Police Department.” SubmittedThe Pensacola News Journal. If they are open to discussing how they will compensate the children, we can save a civil case. But if they refuse to take responsibility, I will certainly bring a civil suit against them.”