HALLANDALE BEACH, FL — A man was fatally shot during a pre-dawn SWAT raid on his home because of suspected drug possession. The homeowner succumbed to his wounds after 11 days of struggling for his life. SWAT also killed his dog and beat up his son.
At approximately 6:00 a.m., the Hallandale Police Department’s SWAT team broke through the back door of a local residence because they suspected that the owner possessed prohibited substances.
Precisely what took place inside is not fully known, but the May 8th raid resulted in the homeowner being shot, his son being beaten, and his 13-year-old dog being killed.
The man who was shot was local businessman Howard Bowe. His sister, who lives in the other half of the duplex, said he was unarmed.
“They came in the back door,” said Corneesa Bowe, according to the Sun Sentinel. “Why shoot an unarmed person? Now he’s fighting for his life.”
Mr. Bowe owns Power Auto in Davie, Florida. His family says there is no way the police targeted the right person.
“My concern is really for my brother,” said Corneesa to Local-10. “I mean there’s no reason why they should have shot him. He has a business, an established business. He’s not this big drug dealer like they’re assuming.”
Howard’s 16-year-old son was taken into custody and beaten in the process. He was questioned without a parent or a lawyer.
Neighbor Fred Webb told the Sentinel that Bowe “is an honest man who worked every day” at his business. “I can’t understand it. I hope he’s all right.”
SWAT Officer Michael McKenzie, a 14-year veteran of the department, was the one who pulled the trigger. He is on administrative leave.
On May 19th, Howard Bowe died from complications from the gunshots, the Sun Sentinel reported.
It is no surprise that another no-knock raid resulted in violence, given the aggressive nature of these surprise home invasions. Police State USA will monitor this case as more details are revealed.
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