Top stories of 2019 (#5): Harding Street raid prompts extensive investigation, multiple federal charges

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A botched January raid at a home on Harding Street led to a months-long investigation and three people charged in connection with the death of Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle.

Two former Houston Police Department officers, Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant, and the neighbor who called 911, Patricia Garcia, are all accused of federal crimes. Goines and Bryant also face state charges.

What happened?

On Jan. 28, Nicholas and Tuttle were killed when several police officers stormed into their home at 7815 Harding St. After officers shot the couple’s dog, police said, Tuttle began firing at officers. Investigators said officers returned fire, killing both Nicholas and Tuttle. Five police officers were also injured in the raid.

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