FBI arrests former HPD cops on federal charges after Jan. deadly drug raid


The FBI arrested former Houston police officers Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant, and 9-1-1 caller Patricia Garcia on federal charges in connection to the January deadly Harding Street drug sting.

The former police officers, along with Garcia are accused of falsifying records, obstruction and other claims which led to deaths of Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas and five officers being wounded.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the department takes officer involved shootings seriously.

“We have never been afraid of finding the truth as a police department because our commitment is to the truth and our commitment is to the rule of law,” said Acevedo. "Two lives were taken. Four officers shot. One who's actually charged in this case. Another officer is paralyzed. Our responsibility first and foremost is to the criminal case and that's what we're going to focus on."

Goines, 55, is charged with two counts of depriving the victims’ constitutional right to be secure against unreasonable searches. Goines and Bryant, 46, are charged with obstructing justice by falsifying records. Charges against Garcia, 53, claim she conveyed false information by making fake 9-1-1 calls.

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