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Man pleads not guilty in Henderson police shooting

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Emmanuel Dozier, who is charged with shooting police officers during a SWAT raid on his house Dec. 23, sits through a preliminary hearing Jan. 20 at the Henderson Justice Court.

Emmanuel Dozier

Emmanuel Dozier

A man charged with shooting three Metro Police officers during a narcotics raid on his Henderson home pleaded not guilty to all charges today in District Court.

Emmanuel Dozier, 32, faces three counts of attempted murder, three counts of battery with a deadly weapon and three counts of selling cocaine.

His jury trial is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on March 2 before District Judge Valorie Vega.

Police say a warrant was issued for Dozier's arrest after Metro narcotics detectives purchased cocaine from him on three separate occasions in December, according to court documents.

A SWAT team raided the home on Dec. 28, and prosecutors say that as the officers were trying to breach the front door, Dozier fired at police from inside the house.

Three officers were shot and taken to University Medical Center. They were later released.

Sgt. James Causey of Metro Police testified during Dozier's preliminary hearing on Jan. 20 that he and his fellow officers repeatedly shouted, "Police, search warrant!"

But Dozier's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Joseph Abood, said that his client never knew it was the police and acted in self-defense. The SWAT team fired three times with a specialized shotgun in an attempt to breach the door.

Dozier's girlfriend and her 13-year-old daughter were also in the house and testified they never heard the words "police" or "search warrant."

"Mr. Dozier was acting to save his own family and save himself," Abood said during the preliminary hearing.

Dozier, a former worker at a sheet metal factory in Las Vegas, was arrested after he put down his handgun and exited the house through the garage. He is being held in the Clark County Detention Center on $75,000 bail.

Jeff O’Brien can be reached at 990-8957 or [email protected].

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