Questionable SWAT Raid Leaves a Toddler Injured and His Father Facing Attempted Murder Charges
A Florida man faces attempted murder charges for shooting at a police officer during a pre-dawn SWAT raid in Pensacola earlier this month. The raid is now the subject of an internal police investigation after the man’s 1-year-old child was injured in custody.
Corey Marioneaux, Jr., was arrested on February 3 on charges of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer for firing a gun at a Pensacola detective as police executed a search warrant on his house. His family and friends tell local news outlets that he’s a licensed gun owner with no criminal record who thought he was shooting at intruders.
The case is the latest in a string of volatile police raids—most notably the police killing of Breonna Taylor in 2020—that have led to scrutiny and reforms of search warrant tactics in several states over the past several years.
At approximately 5 a.m. on February 3, a Pensacola Police Department SWAT team executed a search warrant on Marioneaux’s house. According to the department, police were searching for evidence related to a January shooting that injured two people. (The police would later tell local news outlet WEAR-TV Channel 3, which has reported extensively on the case, that Marioneaux was not a suspect in that shooting. His family said the search warrant was for electronics.)
The arrest report filed in the case says officers knocked and announced that they had a search warrant for approximately 10 seconds before breaking through Marioneaux’s door with a battering ram.
As the lead officer entered the doorway, Marioneaux fired a single shot at him with a handgun. The round ricocheted off a shield the detective was holding. If the detective “had not been equipped with the ballistic shield he would have been struck in the face/head,” the report said.
The officer returned fire at Marioneaux, but didn’t hit him. Marioneaux dropped his gun and surrendered.
“While being taken into custody, Marioneaux made spontaneous statements in the presence of Detective Skipper (#185) that he was sorry,” the report said. “Marioneaux also made spontaneous statement in front of Sgt. Stockpile #63 that he was sorry for shooting at officers.”
What happened after Marioneaux’s arrest, though, has also outraged his family and friends. As he was taken into custody, his 1-year-old and 3-year-old children were put in the back of a police cruiser until their mother could arrive to pick them up.
Moiya Dixon, the mother, told local news outlets that she was woken up by a phone call that morning telling her what had happened. When she arrived at the scene, she found her 1-year-old son had scrapes, scratches, and bumps on his face and head. The ch
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