Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 | 12:32 p.m.
A man accused of shooting three police officers appeared in Henderson Justice Court today, where his preliminary hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 20 before Justice of the Peace Stephen L. George.
Emmanuel Dozier will be appointed a public defender, and the public defender’s office will file a motion seeking to lower his current bail of more than $3 million, the judge was told. He is charged with three counts of attempted murder of a police officer and three counts of selling cocaine.
In court documents, police say they obtained the warrant to search Dozier’s home on Dec. 23, after an undercover Metro narcotics officer purchased cocaine from Dozier at the home on three separate occasions in December.
A Metro SWAT team was dispatched to serve the warrant about 10 p.m. Sunday. According to an arrest declaration filed in court, officers said the SWAT team members who approached the home repeatedly yelled, “Police! Search warrant!”
However, according to the arrest declaration, Dozier later told police he thought his home was being invaded and did not mean to shoot any officers.
When there was no response, the officers began to forcefully open the door. Shots were fired from within the home and hit the three officers. All three were treated at University Medical Center and have been released, police said.
The SWAT team retreated from the door and surrounded the home. Dozier surrendered a short time later.
Dave Clark can be reached at 990-2677 or [email protected].