Police Abuse

Georgia Man Killed in Drug Raid Was Face Down When Shot in Head, Says Family's Lawyer


David Hooks, the Georgia man killed in a SWAT raid on his East Dublin home in September, was shot in the head and back while face down on the ground, according to his family's attorney, Mitchell Shook, who cited EMS and hospital records as evidence.

David Hooks
family photo

As reported by WMEZ-TV:

"One was to the side of the head, the other, was in his back, the back of his left shoulder, based on the evidence we see, we believe that David Hooks was face down on the ground when he received those last two shots," says Shook.

Shook says they have not received the autopsy yet from the GBI.

As noted by Reason's Ed Krayewski, the raid was based on a tip from Rodney Garrett, a local meth addict who had just stolen a car from Hooks' property. According to the warrant, Garrett told police he removed a bag from the stolen vehicle believing it held cash, but instead discovered it was filled with meth. Apparently fearful he just robbed a local drug kingpin, he turned himself in because he "became scared for his safety."

The theft of one of their vehicles naturally made the Hooks household edgy that night, and David kept a shotgun in the house. Though the warrant did not contain a "no knock" provision, Hooks' wife, Teresa, says that the Laurens Country sheriff's deputies and their SWAT compatriots simply busted down their back door and charged in, guns blazing.

In an interview with WMEZ-TV, Hooks recalls the night her husband was killed:

"Between 10:30 and 11, I turned the light off upstairs. I heard a car coming up the driveway really fast, and I looked up the upstairs window. I saw a black vehicle with no lights. I saw 6 to 8 men, coming around the side of my house, and I panicked. I came running downstairs, yelling for David to wake up. He was in the bedroom asleep, had been for about an hour and a half. When I got downstairs to the bottom of the stairs, he opened the door and he had a gun in his hand, and he said, 'Who is it?,' and I said I didn't know. He stepped back into the bedroom like he was going to grab his pants, but before he could do that, the door was busted down. He came around me, in the hall, into the den, and I was gonna come behind him, but before I could step into the den the shots were fired, and it was over."

According to Shook, the Hooks' home was searched for more than 44 hours with no drugs or contraband found. But as the Drug War Chronicle reported:

Investigators also claimed they were familiar with the address from a 2009 investigation in which a suspect claimed he had supplied ounces of meth to Hooks, who resold it. Nothing apparently ever came of that investigation, but the five-year-old uncorroborated tip made it into the search warrant application.

The toxic combination of a "five year-old uncorroborated tip," a vague accusation from a confessed car thief and meth addict, and a recently robbed man reacting to a violent intrusion on his home created the conditions that led to the 17 shots fired by law enforcement that night. 

In a statement that is becoming all too familiar, Shook said he hopes the Laurens County District Attorney will take the case to a grand jury and not solely rely on law enforcement's take of the deadly raid. 

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  1. What’s the problem. He was white. Nothing to see here.

    1. Southern white male gun owner. It will take the light from this story ten billion years to even reach ignore status.

    2. Therefore it never happened. Police abuse is a race issue not the fact that we all live in a police state and can be murdered by the state in our homes or on the street regardless of our ancestry. Race issue.

      1. Por que no los dos? The primary problem is the police state we live in, the absolute immunity police seem to have no matter what they do, and the illegality of everything. But it’s also naive to look at how things tend to happen and say that the burden of all of those things doesn’t fall more heavily on black people.

        1. Oh it absolutely does. The question is whether that happens because the cops are overtly racist or because blacks are disproportionately poor and the poor recieve the bulk of the negative police attention.

          1. Anecdotally, it seems like even nice, middle class black people get more scrutiny and less respectful treatment by police, generally speaking.

        2. Agreed sadly, it does fall more heavily on people with darker skin, much of our system of injustice falls on them too, which cause more encounters with the jack booted death squads which leads to negative encounters with the police and more deaths. That doesn’t make it a race issue. The police aren’t the klan out to kill black men.

          When the state can break down anybody’s door, shoot them in the head, and nothing else happens…


      1. So, has anyone been using that on Twitter (with the ONLY added)?

        I have no idea about Twitter and can’t be bothered.

    4. #blacklivesmatter

      That is all.

    5. #blacklivesmatter

      That is all.

  2. Shook said he hopes the Laurens County District Attorney will take the case to a grand jury and not solely rely on law enforcement’s take of the deadly raid.

    And a no bill will be the same a s taking the cops word for it they did nothing wrong.

    …ow, my nuts…

    1. That’s why these cases shouldn’t be left to Georgia district attorneys. They should be turned over to Governor Cuomo for prosecution.

  3. Good shoot. The officer had a reasonable belief that the perp was secretly the Incredible Hulk, and the anger from being arrested for his vicious crimes would clearly cause him to “hulk out” and start destroying the city. This cop’s bullet stopped that before it could happen.

    These cops deserve medals, bigorati.


    1. Also, this cop’s training, while top-notch, was incomplete. If the dead meth-kingpin was indeed the Incredible Hulk, the hero cop’s bullet would not have pierced his skin. Which is why all police departments should be funded for Hulk training and so they could purchase adamantium bullets (which probably wouldn’t kill the Hulk, but could at least pierce his nearly invulnerable Hulk hide).

      1. He probably got the DTD award (Denzel in Training Day).

  4. He was shot because FYTW.

    1. Yep – it was a no-knock execution raid.

      1. You know who else liked to do no-knock execution raids?

        1. Actually, the Gestapo knocked at peoples doors and waited for the owner to answer except in a very small number of cases.

          1. Quit ruining my fun story with your facts!

          2. Back when people still had common courtesy.

        2. Pharaoh?

        3. The Spanish Inquisition?

          1. I didnt expect that.

            1. No one does.

  5. Shook said he hopes the Laurens County District Attorney will take the case to a grand jury and not solely rely on law enforcement’s take of the deadly raid.

    That way somebody will definitely be held accountable.

    1. Of course somebody will be held accountable. The wife.

      She obviously misled her husband into thinking cops were criminals. She also failed to shoot her husband in defense of the peace officers. Manslaughter at the least! Murder in the 2nd at the most.

      Or, maybe she’s the kingpin! The peace officers just need more resources to uncover her criminal activities.

  6. Meth kingpins always keep their huge stash in a bag in their car.

    1. And, I completely buy the narrative that a meth addict finds a big bag of meth and takes it to the cops because he’s scared.

      1. “OH man, what do you know. I just happened to steal a car with a big bag of my favorite drug!”

        1. It’s every addicts dream!

      2. And the bag was FULL of meth. Not that there was meth in the bag. Not that there was some meth in the bag.

        It was FULL of meth.

        But he was white and southern so we all need remember,


    2. Haven’t you seen Breaking Bad?!? The informant probably has.

      1. Maybe it was blue.

    3. Haw haw haw.

      I hadn’t noticed that, but yeah, good point.

  7. we believe that David Hooks was face down on the ground when he received cops fired those last two shots. We look forward to identifying the cop or cops who fired each of the shots, and are particularly interested in asking whoever shot a man lying facedown in the head why he did so,”

    C’mon, man. Tell it like it is.

    1. “Well he had this threatening pistol tattoo on his neck that sorta moved when he breathed…..It kinda scared me…….”


    2. Shots were received.

      Anuses were untouched.

      1. Anuses were untouched.

        Like I’m take a cop’s word for that.

    3. Big fan of these annotated narratives you’ve been providing lately. Nice work.

  8. According to Shook, the Hooks’ home was searched for more than 44 hours with no drugs or contraband found.

    If true, this seems pretty criminal in-and-of itself. Unless they live at the Superdome this makes no sense.

    1. They kept waiting for one of their fellow officers to show up with something they could plant, but there wasn’t any meth in the evidence room that day.

      1. I assumed it was something like he had a case of beer in the fridge, each of which had to be searched individually.

        1. It just occurred to me that all the meth might have been in any/all of the Halloween candy they had in their home.

          Still, my kids would’ve had all the candy in the house found in less than 3 hours, half that if any of it actually was meth-laced.

      2. Probably because they smoked it all to get amped up for their big execution that night.

    2. At what point does it become a 3rd Amendment violation? That’s a 2-night hotel stay.

  9. He charged the officers by running backwards at them. If he hadn’t insisted on being in his own house, this would have never happened. We don’t know what happened that night. Wait for all the facts. Wait for all the facts. Wait for all the facts.

    1. He charged the officers by running away from them – the world is round man, and he would have come round the other side eventually.

  10. OT – They’re baaack…Health care worker tests positive for Ebola at New York City hospital

    A health care worker who was rushed to New York City’s Bellevue Hospital Thursday has reportedly tested positive for Ebola.

    Craig Spencer had recently returned to the United States from one of the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak. The New York Times reported Thursday night that the Centers for Disease Control will need to confirm the initial positive test.

    Spencer was transported to Bellevue by a specially-trained team wearing personal protective equipment, after he reported experiencing fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. Given the health care worker’s recent travel history, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Department of Health concluded that he should undergo Ebola testing. They also screened for more common illnesses like Malaria.


    1. This’ll keep happening until we quarantine people who have direct contact with Ebola patients before they are put back in the genpop.

      Maybe that’s OK.

      I’m just saying that its inevitable, and people who are opposed to quarantining people who have direct contact with deadly communicable diseases need to understand and approve of the consequences of their policy.

      1. I’m still not worried.

        I’m also not entirely opposed to quarantines, but I can’t get worked up about it one way or another.

  11. The fact that law enforcement took at face value the word of a known local meth addict and self-professed car thief is terrifying.
    It tells me their standards for assigning credulity are almost non-existent. In fact, it almost seems like they leapt at any opportunity, no matter how untrustworthy the source and how unbelievable his story, to launch their late night raid.

    And – 44 hours to search a residence of that size tells me a lot too. The fact that they found nothing whatsoever to charge the murdered man/his family with is something I hope members of the Grand Jury remain cognizant of at all times during the proceedings.

    1. It’s the opportunity to play with their toys, and to possibly get some of that sweet, sweet forfeiture cash.

      1. 44 hours and they couldn’t find ANYTHING to sieze?

        That tell you right there that the guy was a drug kingpin who knew not to keep assets there.

        1. It said they didn’t find any drugs. I’m sure they stuffed their pockets while they were wrecking the place.

          1. So am I, as an EMT who watched cops pick up anything valuable while I did CPR on a homeowner back in the 80’s.

      2. Overtime pay. Hazard pay.

    2. Oh, hell. Whether they believe the informant or not is completely immaterial.

      The real question the cops have in their heads is “can we use this”, not “is this for real.”

      Let’s face it: that 44 hour search was in the desperate hope that they could find something to use as a pretext for seizing his property.

      Its incredibly bush league. C’mon, you guys already snorted all the blow and smoked all the weed you’ve seized? Nobody has a throwdown bag of anything? Amateurs.

    3. Another reason why the 44 hours feels criminal.

      When an informant of such shitty repute (or even a good one), puts in a story like this; 44 hours seems like the minimum amount of time they sit on a house before warranted entry.

      Unless the guy is Pablo Escobar, in 44 hrs. he’s going to provide pretty much any (un)armed citizen a decent chance at non-confrontational conversation.

    4. The fact that law enforcement took at face value the word of a known local meth addict and self-professed car thief is terrifying

      Certainly, just not surprising in any way.

  12. They better sue the judge who signed off on this warrant.

    1. You think that police officers have immunity? Look at judges. Their immunity is absolute.

      1. If we let people sue over bullshit warrants, judges might stop issuing bullshit warrants. We can’t have that, now can we?

        1. Judges are absolutely immune.
          No matter what bullshit they do, if it is in the capacity of a judge they are civilly immune.
          A witness could be on the stand, the judge could pull out a revolver and shoot him dead saying he didn’t like his delivery of the testimony.
          That judge is civilly immune from lawsuit for shooting the witness dead.
          Read this article and see what crap that is:

      2. So is their corruption.

      3. Their immunity is absolute.

        Little wooden hammers and graduation gowns don’t stop bullets.

        Jus’ sayin’.

    2. Judges can’t be sued. All you can hope for is 340 grains of Trepanizine.

  13. I’ve reached the point where I am convinced that I need to install a really good surveillance system at my house — not because I am worried about criminals, but because I am worried about the police.

    Of course, installing such as system in the quiet neighborhood I live would probably be justification for a no-knock raid. So I am somewhat perplexed.

    1. But as we’ve seen from multiple instances, “video does not tell the whole story”, and a cop’s word is worth much more than what your eyes can tell you.

      1. I need a really good safe room too. The video is to get enough time to get into the safe room.

    2. They already thought of that. Several states have “criminal fortification” laws in case you do that.

      1. Ugh, just googled that – ridiculous. Seems to only apply when you’re using the place as a drug house, but I’m sure they’d have no problems bending that (“I found a xanex!”).

        1. They just claim you destroyed it while they were getting through the “fortifications”. The fact they didn’t find any evidence of drug activity just demonstrates how elaborate your defenses were.

      2. Interesting. The AZ version:

        13-3421. Using building for sale or manufacture of dangerous or narcotic drugs; fortification of a building; classification; definitions

        A. A person who as a lessee or occupant intentionally uses a building for the purpose of unlawfully selling, manufacturing or distributing any dangerous drug or narcotic drug is guilty of a class 6 felony.

        B. A person who as a lessee or occupant of a building and who with the intent to suppress law enforcement entry knowingly fortifies or allows to be fortified the building for the purpose of unlawfully selling, manufacturing or distributing any dangerous drug or narcotic drug is guilty of a class 4 felony.

        C. As used in this section:

        1. “Building” means any part of a building or structure, including a room, space or enclosure, that may be entered through the same outside entrance.

        2. “Fortified” means the use of steel doors, wooden planking, cross bars, alarm systems, dogs or other means to prevent or impede entry into a building or structure.

        1. If you’re running a brothel or illegal sports book, those things would be fine. It’s magically different if drugs are involved.

          1. Forget brothels or illegal gambling. You’ve gotta have steel doors, insulated walls, alarms, and security cameras when you kidnap coeds, keep them locked up for weeks while you fatten them, and then slowly grind them into sausage.

            That’s a legitimate reason to have a bunker.

        2. How do you prove the intent part in B? Just say that it’s not intended to keep police out, just robbers.

          1. Hey, a cop who can smell marijuana in a locked car while driving past can easily read your mind.

        3. so they outlawed dogs and alarm systems as well? I’m in trouble

    3. Here’s a link to something you might consider: http://libertycrier.com/trappe…..l-network/

      If it is inoperable you may perform a search for “Trapped Whittier Couple Underscores Need for Local Network” which should take you to the information and resources I thought you might be interested in.

      1. Oops – that was for kinnath and his statement “Ive reached the point where I am convinced that I need to install a really good surveillance system at my house — not because I am worried about criminals, but because I am worried about the police.”

  14. eggs and omelets

  15. Hmmmmnnnn….why the fuck do I come here again? I must be a masochist. Kick me in the jimmy!(thump)…Yes!

    1. E vs L,

      Is it partly because there is humor – even if it’s dark humor – to be found here (often in copious amounts) which perhaps lessens the impact of the deleterious realities set before your eyes?

      1. There’s that, but I’m also a masochist. I always enjoy it when my lady friend squeezes my sack with one hand and slaps it with the other…..TMI?

  16. No knock? No problem! No care.

  17. For Christmas, if Santa reeeaaally loved me, I would want a full recording of the 44 hour back-and-forth between cops as they negotiate whether they can plant drugs here.

  18. Does the S in SWAT still stand for Special?

    1. Yes. And you can call it “Special Ed”

  19. What’s the point of the second amendment if you can’t brandish your weapon when someone busts down your door in a surprise home invasion, despite the fact that they may be shouting, “Police?” The fact that someone yells “Police” as they are breaking down my door makes little difference to me. That whole concept is ridiculous. Why not wait until your subject exits his gun-keeping facility? morons

  20. While I may be a day late to the party, I have 1 question not answered in the story, and not commented on either: exactly how many officers on overtime were required to conduct a 44 hour search of 1 location?

    1. ka ching!

      Christmas was coming. Gotta fatten up the Christmas account.

  21. Remember Kathryn Johnston? Even if it does go to trial and the cops get convicted of killing you in a botched raid and of trying to cover it up by putting drugs on the premises, you won’t do more than 10 years.

    That was Georgia, too.

  22. A time for war, a time for peace.
    ? Ecclesiastes 3 ?King James Bible
    To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
    A time to be born, a time to die; a time to plant, a time to pluck up that which is planted;
    A time to kill, a time to heal; a time to break down, a time to build up;
    A time to weep, a time to laugh; a time to mourn, a time to dance;
    A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, a time to refrain from embracing;
    A time to get, a time to lose; a time to keep, a time to cast away;
    A time to rend, a time to sew; a time to keep silence, a time to speak;
    8A time to love, a time to hate; a time of war, a time of peace.

    Yes we find ourselves in a time where we mourn the casualties of this “drug war”.

    We feel overwhelmed by the herculean task that so few of us are even aware of let alone willing to take on but, the winds are changing and the time is coming where prohibitionists must re examine their positions and learn to live in peace with the canna community OR suffer some awful consequences. We offer them education, we point out their injustices, we offer them a chance to redeem themselves but, at the end of the day, if they choose to remain ignorant, if they choose to not see the error of their ways THEN we have no other choice but to take the actions necessary to protect our community by whatever means necessary.

    There IS a time for WAR!

    Lets pray for peace!

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