Arizona SWAT Team Kills Man in Drug Raid Shoot-Out

A Phoenix-area SWAT team shot and killed one man during a "dynamic entry" (break the door down) drug raid early Thursday morning after the raiders were met with gunfire. The as yet unidentified man becomes the 39th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year, and the third one in the past week.

Police told ABC 15 News the raid in a Phoenix neighborhood was undertaken by the Surprise, Arizona, police SWAT team. Team members were met with gunfire from multiple sources as they attempted to make entry into the residence. They responded with gunfire of their own, killing one of the men in the house.

ABC 15 News reported that the purpose of the raid was unclear, but, which bills itself as a "community for cops," reported that police were serving a drug search warrant. It was also that described the raid as a dynamic entry raid. 

There is no word yet on what happened to the other supposed shooters in the house, nor have police mentioned what, if anything, they found in the house. No police were injured in the raid.

– Article originally from Stop the Drug War.



  1. Anonymous on

    I’m pro marijuana, but when the suspects in the house opened fire FIRST, they asked for it. If they would have just stayed calm and let the SWAT team do their thing, than they probably had nothing to worry about, unless they aren’t registered marijuana patients, or over their cultivation numbers.

  2. azazel on

    the only good cop is a dead cop

  3. Anonymous on

    Usually the gunfire they’re met with in these instances, is their own. They spook themselves and then start shooting at themselves and even have killed one another.

  4. Anonymous on

    This is MURDER pain and simple! Swat teams and DEA are nothing more than thugs with badges!!! They think they are so smart well let me tell every last one of you, God has a very special place for you all in the deepest depths of HELL!!!!

  5. Atlanta Toker on

    This should never happen. This should qualify as premeditated murder. These people are trapped inside a residence, why is there a need to rush in break up the place and take a chance on gun fire, thats stupid.

    This is nothing more than politics using the murder of everyday citizens, that’s all you can say about it. This is what law enforcement uses to show you just how they really need to keep getting that large budget they extract from the Tax payers.

    For your safety and security, always for your safety and security. Wake up. Stop SWAT teams from being in your community, they are mostly gun slinging cowboys that are unneeded and definitely unwanted and will lie about any situation in order to protect the group. Theyre more dangerous than criminals.