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

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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 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.

Approximately 7:30. Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Tracy Oppenheimer and Zach Weissmueller. Additional voice acting by Paul Detrick, Alex Manning, and Oppenheimer.

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  1. Could we have a national holiday called Freedom Day? Say, on September 17, with every single government official, employee, or fellow-traveler acting legally, ethically, morally, and not murderously. Then they can go back to lying, cheating, stealing, killing, intimidating, etc. on September 18.

    1. Not a good idea. When you have a holiday, you sleep late, when you sleep late you don’t hear the SWAT team coming, when you don’t hear the SWAT team coming they machine gun you in your bed.
      Don’t get machine gunned in your bed.

      1. No, no, the whole point of the holiday is that the government people celebrate it by not doing this stuff.

        1. Must be tough when your job description involves being a vicious psychopath. I bet they would enjoy a break.

        2. You try explaining the point to them with the frothy red blood burbling from your lung holes…

  2. It’s not murder if the perpetrator is wearing a special costume and has the blessing of the local political monopoly. In fact, it’s just the prerequisite for a paid vacation.

    1. Perhaps they were told he was a dangerous Tea Party member and that 22 looked a lot like an AK47.

      Justified shooting.

  3. Don’t Find the Drugs They Were Looking For

    Those blast marks are too accurate for Sand People.

    1. Those blast marks are too accurate for Sand People government thugs.

    1. Well, if you are murdered at home, technically you were safe at home at some point.

      1. The cop was safe going into the victim’s home. That’s really what matters.

  4. Dammit, somebody needs to sue those gun manufacturers, what with them making all of those weapons that discharge unexpectedly.

  5. An MP5? Because they need throw 800 rounds per minute down range?

    1. http://images.fineartamerica.c…..ittock.jpg

      …and this is what the citizens need to be threatened or shot with…

  6. 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

    This alone should be grounds for arrest and prosecution. It’s insane. It’s flat-out, completely obvious malicious lying. It’s not even a question. But nope. Fuck you that’s why.

    1. It would be a worthy research project for some libertarian-minded academic (with tenure!) to embark on, to find cases in the same jurisdictions with similar fact patterns and evidence, where the cop walked (or wasted charged at all), and the little person was convicted.

          1. You and your bourgeois expectation of people doing their jobs…

    2. Making false statements to a sworn officer is a felony, intention be damned. Ask Martha Stewart.

  7. So, somebody decided to clean up with bleach or ammonia – and it sent the police into a killing frenzy.

  8. where things get murky

    What’s murky? The cops (a) lied about what happened, as their stories are contradicted by physical and audio evidence. That evidence shows pretty clearly that the victim was shot in bed, without warning. There may be a slight question as to whether the victim ever had the gun in his hand, I suppose.

    AND NOTHING ELSE WILL HAPPEN. Because what difference, at this point, does it make?

    1. Cops have been killed by sleepwalking, armed criminals before, you know.

      1. Maybe the precious snowflakes at Wellesley would feel better if the artist had made a 2nd statue of a cop in full SWAT gear gunning down the Sweepwalker statue?

    2. There may be a slight question as to whether the victim ever had the gun in his hand, I suppose.

      The LEO claims to have moved it from the victims hand to a table before anybody else could see it in his hand. Seeing as he lied about everything else, I don’t consider it a “slight question”.

  9. another title for this story would be
    “Scary old man makes cops trigger happy”

    I’m thinking planted gun in this case.

    1. Why would they plant the gun on his nightstand rather than in his hand?

      1. New game: gun-nightstand toss. You see if you can lie in bed with a Nerf gun pointed in front of you, and toss the gun to the side so that it lands on the nightstand. If you get frustrated, you can try “Sit in the backseat with handcuffs and shoot yourself in the head”.

  10. You know, we’ve all seen Assault on Precinct 13 and The Terminator, but the idea of someone actually attacking a police station was always absurd and I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a case of it actually happening. I have to wonder if that might change in the future after the cops murder enough people in their beds and family and friends get fed up with them walking away from it with zero consequence.

    1. I just added Assault on Precinct 13 to my Netflix queue. I haven’t seen that film in 30 years. Thanks for the reminder.

      1. Early John Carpenter is generally good John Carpenter. While you’re at it you should watch The Thing and The Fog.

        1. Well, you should *always* be up for watching The Thing.

    2. Weren’t vigliantes in Mexico holding cops belived to be working with the drug cartels?

  11. A detective claims to smell chemicals outside a trailer. What happens next won’t surprise you one bit!

  12. 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.

    Wait wait wait wait wait… Bones “believed” that he told Mallory what? Bones “believed”? Or is it, Bones lied about what happened and got caught in his lie?

    1. Shoot first, issue commands and ask questions later. Procedures were followed.

  13. 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.

    Goddammit.

    This motherfucker should be on death row. And so should the “anonymous informant” if such a person even actually exists.

    I guess I should just execute anybody who comes around while I’m cleaning parts with acetone, just to be safe.

  14. When it was all over, Eugene Mallory died of six gunshot wounds from Sgt. John Bones’ MP-5 9mm submachine gun

    Because the cops are OUTGUNNED!!!11!!

  15. Good video, but would be better without the mood music.

    1. If the video were on PoliceOne the soundtrack would be porn groove.

  16. Whoa. Tell me at 2:04 that ain’t Walter and Jesse’s RV…

    1. The Crystal Cruiser!

  17. So, since there is *no* plausible way for the deputies to have ‘misremembered’ the guy as being on the stairs with a gun instead of in his bed (as he actually was) we can expect these deputies to be (at a minimum) disciplined and then fired for falsifying an official statement.

    I mean – that would be a reasonable expectation even if the shoot itself is found legitimates (as undoubtedly it will be).

    Accepting that the victim pointed a gun at the cops as fact – that still doesn’t excuse the original lie.

    Also a point against the officers involved – the fiddling with evidence at the crime scene.

    Again – accepting their story at face value – how did the gun end up on the nightstand unless one of them put it there and in doing so contaminated the crime scene. I imagine that that would be a hugely important ‘procedure’ that wasn’t followed.

    1. Again – accepting their story at face value – how did the gun end up on the nightstand unless one of them put it there and in doing so contaminated the crime scene. I imagine that that would be a hugely important ‘procedure’ that wasn’t followed.

      I’m pretty sure this will be explained as disarming the suspect. Procedures followed.

      1. Yeah, you never know when someone who’s torso has been blasted open by close range machine gun fire is going to open fire on you.

        1. This never goes out of style:

          http://www.theonion.com/articl…..ngsta,739/

        2. You never know, he might have come back as an intelligent zombie who could use guns!

    2. It may be that they shot when they saw him reach for the gun. Or imagined that they saw him doing that. Or it’s a plant. I’d believe anything at this point.

    3. So, since there is *no* plausible way for the deputies to have ‘misremembered’ the guy as being on the stairs with a gun instead of in his bed (as he actually was) we can expect these deputies to be (at a minimum) disciplined and then fired for falsifying an official statement

      And then reinstated by the union, yes.

  18. I’m too lazy to look, but haven’t these cops perjured themselves in the course of the investigation? Why isn’t every one of them who made a demonstrably false statement in jail for that, if nothing else?

    1. The knights in blue don’t answer to you.

  19. Even in the internal investigation, isn’t there an oath to the truth? Aren’t they testifying in the legal sense?

    1. No, see, with testilying, lying is considered a requirement, not a problem.

  20. fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

  21. Eugene Mallory today. You tomorrow.

  22. If he was shot in bed, what’s w/ the bullet holes in the wall? They’re shown clearly in the video but not explained. strange

    1. I’m guessing he had his MP5 on full-auto and did some “spray-and-pray” style shooting. Just let the recoil climb the weapon up the wall.

    2. Since when does wild panic fire from a cop need an explanation? Its just how they roll.

  23. The recording revealed, however, that his commands to “Drop the gun” occurred immediately after the shooting.

    “You have to yell ‘Drop the gun’ BEFORE opening fire, not afterwards. Sheesh! How many times are we going to go through this in training before you get it right?” – LAPD training officer.

  24. Ow, my balls!

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