A few days ago, there was a very sketchy report about a Chesapeake Police Officer being shot and killed while trying to serve a narcotics search warrant.
Now, it seems, there may be a bit more to the story than a bad guy resisting arrest and gunning for the cops.
Shivers, a 34-year-old father, was shot as was trying to enter at the house in the street’s 900 block around 8:30 p.m.
Police arrested 28-year-old Ryan David Frederick, who lived at the home, and charged him with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held in the Chesapeake City Jail.
Frederick said in a jailhouse interview Friday he had no idea a police officer was on the other side of the door when he opened fire.
“No, sir,” he told WAVY-TV. “I just wish I knew who they were,” he said. “I didn’t want any trouble.”
Frederick said he was in bed when he heard someone trying to come into the home.
“I thought it was the person who had broken into my house the other day,” he said.
Police did not say whom they were investigating when they executed the search warrant. Other than a few misdemeanor traffic violations, Frederick has not been convicted of any felony crimes in Chesapeake, according to online court records.
Chesapeake police spokeswoman Christi Golden said she could not comment on specifics of the incident, including whether the officers who tried to serve the narcotics warrant were in uniform.
“They are undercover detectives,” Golden said. As such, they would typically be in street clothes.
There’s more if you care to read it and it is WAY too early to be drawing any conclusions as yet…but I’ll tell you what this is beginning to sound like to me:
Another “no knock” warrant, possibly served on the wrong house or, as a result of a bad “anonymous tip”, on an innocent person…said innocent person reacting in self defense and the cops getting the worst of it.
So far there have been no reports of drugs or evidence of other criminal activity being found in the house. Normally, if something illegal is discovered, it is quickly announced to the press. This time…nothing. The only thing the “perpetrator” is reported as being charged with is killing the officer and using a gun to do so.
This one definitely bears keeping an eye on.
As an unrelated aside…this is the same city police department that I reported on a month or so ago that assaulted an empty house after staking it out for several days based upon a “tip” that a suspect in a murder was inside.