A police officer in Killeen, Texas has died after being shot during an attempt to serve a search warrant for a narcotics investigation.
"I came outside and the whole street was just littered with emergency response vehicles, police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances," said witness Adam Krautheim. "I was only out here about five minutes before I was asked to step back inside, but during that time I saw wounded officers being loaded into the back of the ambulance."
Detective Charles Dinwiddie died on Sunday after Friday’s incident that left three other officers shot. Two of the other officers wound up escaping without injuries, and a third one underwent surgery after being shot in the femur. Dinwiddie, who was shot in the face, was listed in critical condition following the shootout, and he unfortunately died of his injuries two days later.
"Our community has suffered a great loss,” said Police Chief Dennis Baldwin. ”Few people have touched the number of lives, in such a meaningful way, as Detective Dinwiddie. As a dedicated professional, his service to the Killeen community was with honor, courage, and unwavering loyalty. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Dinwiddie was reportedly an 18-year employee of the Killeen Police Department and was an active member of the SWAT team for 15 years. Members of the community were in shock following the shooting, and neighboring police departments even expressed their sadness after hearing the news.
“Officer Dinwiddie will be greatly missed among the ranks of the Harker Heights Police Department,” said neighboring Harker Heights Police Chief Mike Gentry. “It is our hope that the grief suffered by all who knew him will be in part assuaged by the knowledge that he served this community heroically throughout his career and particularly during his last hours.”
Police say they have arrested two suspects, 49-year-old Marvin Luis Guy and an unidentified 50-year-old woman. Guy has been charged with three counts of attempted capital murder, although authorities have yet to say what his charges have been upgraded to after Dinwiddie’s death. He is currently being held on a $3 million bond.