Video: Police Shoot, Kill 80-Year-Old Man In His Own Bed, Don't Find the Drugs They Were Looking For

"Police Shoot, Kill 80-Year-Old Man In His Own Bed, Don't Find the Drugs They Were Looking For" Produced by Zach Weissmuller

Originally published on Feb 13, 2014. Original text is below:

In the early morning hours of June 27, 2013, a team of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies pulled up to the home of Eugene Mallory, an 80-year-old retired engineer living in the rural outskirts of Los Angeles county with his wife Tonya Pate and stepson Adrian Lamos. 

The deputies crashed through the front gate and began executing a search warrant for methamphetamine on the property. Detective Patrick Hobbs, a self-described narcotics expert who claimed he "smelled the strong odor of chemicals" downwind from the house after being tipped off to illegal activity from an anonymous informant, spearheaded the investigation.

The deputies announced their presence, and Pate emerged from the trailer where she'd been sleeping to escape the sweltering summer heat of the California desert. Lamos and a couple of friends emerged from another trailer, and a handyman tinkering with a car on the property also gave himself up without resistance. But Mallory, who preferred to sleep in the house, was nowhere to be seen.

Deputies approached the house, and what happened next is where things get murky. The deputies said they announced their presence upon entering and were met in the hallway by the 80-year-old man, wielding a gun and stumbling towards them. The deputies later changed the story when the massive bloodstains on Mallory's mattress indicated to investigators that he'd most likely been in bed at the time of the shooting. Investigators also found that an audio recording of the incident revealed a discrepancy in the deputies' original narrative: Before listening to the audio recording, [Sgt. John] Bones believed that he told Mallory to "Drop the gun" prior to the shooting. The recording revealed, however, that his commands to "Drop the gun" occurred immediately after the shooting.

When it was all over, Eugene Mallory died of six gunshot wounds from Sgt. John Bones' MP-5 9mm submachine gun. When a coroner arrived, he found the loaded .22 caliber pistol the two deputies claimed Mallory had pointed at them on the bedside table.

Mallory had not fired of a single shot. The raid turned up no evidence of methamphetamine on the property.

To find out more about this case, including details about what the police did find, watch the above video, featuring Mallory's widow Tonya Pate. Pate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, an agency plagued by prison abuse scandals, questionable hiring practices, and allegations of racial profiling and harassment in recent years. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department declined multiple requests to comment on this story.

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  • Ted S.||

    Procedures were followed, the officers returned home safely, nothing else happened, Morgan Fairchild, hth!

  • sarcasmic||

    Why aren't cops charged with a crime when it evidence contradicts their lies?

    Oh yeah. FYTW.

  • Nazdrakke||

    Yeah this story is still pissing me off, thanks for checking, Reason.

  • ||

    All right, I've got one verse and the chorus:

    Old man!
    There's no need to feel down, I said
    Old man!
    When you're six feet in the ground, we'll put
    You there!
    We're gonna win the drug war
    Even if! We! Have! To! Shoot You!

    You're gonna die because
    Fuuuuuck you, that's why
    You're gonna die because
    Fuuuuuck you, that's why
    You might be harboring drugs
    you ancient bedridden thug
    we're gonna do whatever we feel

  • RishJoMo||

    Its stupid cops like this I just love to hear about in the news getting clipped in the line of duty! Worthless piece of S%$#* cops.

    www.Anon-Works.com

  • Nazdrakke||

    Let the hate flow through you anonbot.

  • Sevo||

    OT, but there's no PM links on weekends.
    Finished Pipes "Russian Revolution" a bit ago, started on Figes "A Peoples' Tragedy" on the same subject. Pipes makes no bones about being anti-commie, Figes makes no claims, but the rep is he's on the left.
    Just 100 pages into it and there's the first gem:
    ..." with the rapid rise of the peasant population they [the peasants] had come to depend on renting the extra land to feed themselves and their families. For this reason, they were often prepared to pay a much higher rent THAN THE LAND WAS WORTH IN STRICTLY ECONOMIC TERMS"... {my emphasis}
    Yes, I'm sure we have a lefty; he knows what the land was worth in "economic terms" which have nothing to do with providing food. That shouldn't affect any "economic" decisions!

  • seguin||

    Weird. In the "Whisperers", Figes doesn't seem to betray much bias either way. Maybe I need to reread it.

  • Sevo||

    OK, now I got to add that to the list.

  • Lord Peter Wimsey||

    Pipe's "Communism: A History" is quite good as well, but if you've read the huge "Russian Revolution" then much of this little book would be repeat, I imagine.

  • Sevo||

    Just checked the reviews of the "Whisperers"; nothing there suggesting anything of apologia.
    Maybe My take is wrong; I'll keep at it.

  • Lord Peter Wimsey||

    "Stalin's Terror" by Conquest is also very good. He was denounced by the left when the book came out for "exaggerating" the terror. When his publisher wanted to bring out a new addition 20 years later, they asked him if he wanted to change the title. He replied,

    "Change the title to 'I told you so, you fucking fools!'"

  • Lord Peter Wimsey||

    Figes is definitely a lefty (but I liked his "People's Tragedy" anyway). He was a student of Pipes, I believe. There was some bad blood between them. Something about Figes "borrowing" from Pipes' work a little more than is considered kosher. Don't remember the details.

    It's hard for lefties to evaluate the Russian Revolution. They have to construct reasons why something so noble could go so wrong. At least Figes doesn't resort to the age-old academic explaination: "Western counter-revolutionaries tried to strangle the revolution in its crib, forcing the leaders into extreme measures just to survive."

  • MarioSmario||

    Well, I hate to agree with radical leftists, but it looks like they were right all along. Cops are pigs.

  • Dweebston||

    Except that radical leftists saw cops as the militant arm of the imperialist state and not necessarily as the natural embodiment of authority given lethal force without concomitant safeguards against abuse. Leftists have no problem with a gestapo so long as it's their gestapo.

  • Winston||

    Lenin hated cops until he came to power that is.

    I mean someone is going to have run the gulags and show trials for the kulaks, wreckers and saboteurs.

  • Dweebston||

    Exactly. There's no morality or consistency behind the leftist ethos, merely expedience and contempt for humanity.

  • Winston||

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Theses

    "abolition of the police, the army, and the bureaucracy" and for "the salaries of all officials, all of whom are elective and displaceable at any time, not to exceed the average wage of a competent worker

    We all know how well he achieved those goals.

  • Big Boy||

    Do the police ever tell the truth?

  • ||

    No. Seriously, if you've ever interacted with a cop, they lie about everything. It's insane.

  • sarcasmic||

    It's power.

    When they lie it's about power.

    They file false reports which are not questioned, resulting in lives being ruined. That's power.

    The lie in court, knowing that even if they're caught there will be no consequences. That's power.

    Even when trusting citizens ask for direction, they'll lie just because it means those fools will get lost. That's power.

    Everything they do is about power.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    You're not fooling anyone, which is awesome, by the way.

  • SugarFree||

    Maybe he shouldn't have been an old man asleep in his bed if he didn't want to get shot. It's not the police's fault that he was just laying there when they bravely obtained a fraudulent warrant and mounted a heavily-armed raid in the middle of the night looking for something that they had no evidence for whatsoever. Getting shot is on you, pops.

  • Cytotoxic||

    JESUS CHRIST STFU TULP-oh sorry SugarFree I was sure you were Tulpa. Carry on.

  • SugarFree||

    It's not easy trying to think that that. It changes you.

  • ||

    So you've gone from suck to blow?

  • SugarFree||

    This is because I said your penis looked like a romanesco broccoli, isn't it?

  • ||

    Hey, your mom likes it just fine.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Well, he WAS 80 and wasn't going to live much longer anyway.

  • Sevo||

    Francisco d Anconia|2.15.14 @ 7:41PM|#
    "Well, he WAS 80 and wasn't going to live much longer anyway."

    And this way, there is no hint of a "death panel".

  • Not an Economist||

    Is it possible he snored? I mean maybe if he snored really loudly that could be considered assaulting the police?

  • VG Zaytsev||

    The cops heard shots fired and fearing for their lives returned fire on the perp and his mouth gun.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    Do you know how many chemicals are present in old man's farts? The meth expert was probably making an honest mistake about what he smelt.

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    Before looking at this story again, I made sure to wear one of these:

    http://fighterxfashion.com/hay.....ctive-cup/

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    "In a letter to Wal-Mart chief Doug McMillon released Friday afternoon, seven Senate Democrats urged the country’s largest retailer to follow in the footsteps of CVS and renounce tobacco sales to improve public health....

    "The letter was signed by Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Barbara Boxer of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Sherrod Brown of Ohio. The same group, along with Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, sent letters earlier this week urging Walgreens, Rite Aid and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores to also cease selling tobacco products."

    http://www.politico.com/story/.....z2tQrRwSsX

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    And if Wal-Mart says no? Look for Wal-Mart to mysteriously have problems doing business in certain districts of Illinois, Iowa, Rhode Island, California, Connecticut, and Ohio.

    Hmmm....

  • fish_remote||

    And if Wal-Mart says no? Look for Wal-Mart to mysteriously have problems doing business in certain districts of Illinois, Iowa, Rhode Island, California, Connecticut, and Ohio.

    Wal-Mart will do fine....the democratic party can't have their base starving to death now can they?

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    Social liberals pull off a gay old hoax:

    "Earlier this week, the story of two gay dads from Baldwin, N.Y., went viral after Long Island's K-98.3 publicized a supposedly bigoted note from the mother of a boy invited to their daughter's birthday party....

    "The note was posted to the station's Facebook page Wednesday. Readers expressed their disgust and offered support to the same-sex parents. It was shared across the Internet and covered by the media....

    "Now, the entire incident has been revealed as a hoax drummed up by K-98.3's Steve Harper and his "Morning Show" co-host, Leeana. The two posted an apology note on the station's website Friday."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....94437.html

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    I noticed articles at Perez Hilton and Daily Kos without the correction, but with rants about how hateful the etc.

  • Dweebston||

    We were attempting to spur a healthy discourse on a highly passionate topic,

    If homophobic bigotry is as rampant and blatant as they contend, why do they keep having to fabricate obviously tailor-made incidents to "spark debate," "spur discourse," "encourage the national conversation," and other inexcusable excuses?

    I'm not at all exaggerating when I say the activists who perpetuate these hoaxes regret that there's no recent Matthew Shepard whose bloodied shirt they can wave around. They are revolting, hateful cretins.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    Hell, the original Matthew Shepard case itself actually had nothing to do with homophobia.

    Turns out one of the killers was Shepard's bisexual lover and meth dealer. But you'll never see that misconception corrected.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    You gotta link for that? I've never heard anything like that.

  • BuSab Agent||

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    thx

  • GILMORE||

    By the way, reading the comments at the Advocate is a fucking Wig-Twister.

    I think were I a film-maker, the story would make a pretty good Rashomon-remake.

    NO ONE WANTS TO KNOW THE TRUTH ANYMORE

  • GILMORE||

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-G.....y-is-a-Lie

    Dont' worry, the key 'messaging' about this isn't that the lie amounts to anything important = its the fact that SoCons are hyperventilating about it just shows how hateful and bigoted they are.

    also, hagiography is like, a weird word.

    I honestly think liberal contortions over the ACA are more amusing. This? This they'll flip off like Benghazi. ITS OLD.

  • Paul.||

    Hell, the original Matthew Shepard case itself actually had nothing to do with homophobia.

    Wow, way to fuck up the media narrative. Next thing you're going to tell me is that the Zimmerman defense never invoked 'Stand Your Ground'.

  • Dweebston||

    Shhh, there's no need to blow minds. I just mopped up the last mess.

  • Calidissident||

    Just based on the brief reading I just did, it seems like Jimenez's hypothesis is at the very least, controversial. I'm not saying it's definitely untrue, just that IMO it's not clearly true either.

  • General Butt Naked||

    Damn, I should of said something. When I saw that story every fiber of my being screamed "HOAX".

    These bigot letters from people are so over the top they have to be fake.

  • GILMORE||

    "Police Shoot, Kill 80-Year-Old Man In His Own Bed, Don't Find the Drugs They Were Looking For"

    Yes, but did you hear about that poor guy in San Fran who got thrown in the drunk tank? WELL I NEVER!

  • RishJoMo||

    Stupid PUNK cops. These are the cops I jsut LOVE to hear about in the news getting clipped in the line of duty!

    www.RealAnon.tk

  • GILMORE||

    You did that one already earlier today. Why 'clipped'? that's a mafia term. Cops don't get 'clipped' unless its like a Serpico thing, where cops shoot other cops. Come on, Anonbot! you can do better.

  • General Butt Naked||

    Anon-bot picked up that lingo when he was in the clink. It was a frame up job all the way. The flat foots put him away on trumped up charges after he was trying to help his pal who'd just gotten into an accident.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    Before listening to the audio recording, [Sgt. John] Bones believed that he told Mallory to "Drop the gun" prior to the shooting. The recording revealed, however, that his commands to "Drop the gun" occurred immediately after the shooting.

    Which means he didn't obey the command either way. Good shoot. [/sarcasm]

    Joking aside, almost as appalling as the police abuse here is the fact that the cops were so incompetent at making their narrative match the physical evidence (or alternatively making the physical evidence match their narrative).

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Yeah, we expect coherent lies from cops.

  • Pulseguy||

    What's so frustrating is the waste of money. A SWAT team? What is wrong with a drone strike? Way cheaper. Drone everyone, then they can find meth if they want to after.

    There isn't much point in us having these weapons if we don't use them when we have need.

  • Dweebston||

    You'd think these people haven't heard of chemical spectroscopy.

  • ibcbet||

    i'm concered about what happened

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