“Justified”: Uniformed Invaders Shoot a Man 16 Times in his Bed

Corrections Officer Kris Rongen Receives Officer of the Month Award

Lew Rockwell Blog – by William Gregg

Auburn, Washington resident Dustin Theoharis was asleep in his bed on February 11, 2012 when two armed strangers entered his room and started to give him orders. Understandably startled, Theoharis reached for a flashlight. This prompted the two intruders to open fire. Theoharis – who was still in bed —was shot sixteen times, but survived.

The assailants who shot Theoharis were Detective Aaron Thompson of the King County Sheriff’s Office and Corrections Officer Kris Rongen. They had arrested Theoharis’s roommate, Nicholas Harrison, an ex-convict who had failed to report for community supervision. The officers were searching his bedroom to find if Theoharis had a gun, which would have allowed them to charge Harrison with a parole violation. They had no warrant or probable cause, and no gun was found. Since Harrison was already in custody at the time of the incident, there was no need to conduct a “safety sweep” of the residence.

Immediately after the shots were fired, Detective Benjamin Wheeler – one of four other officers on the scene – went to the downstairs bedroom, where he found Theoharis lying in a pool of blood and the two officers who had shot him in what appeared to be a “state of shock.”

When Wheeler asked what happened, Thompson told him that the victim “told us he had four guns, and then he started reaching for one.” This was a lie. No gun was found in the bedroom. A rifle was found in a locked gun case in the room next door. Theoharis was asleep when the officers went into his darkened bedroom and began barking orders at him, and within ten seconds he had been perforated with sixteen shots.

By any reasonable definition, Detective Thompson and Officer Rongen committed the crime of attempted homicide. An internal review of the incident by the Sheriff’s Office found that neither Thompson nor Rongen had asked “anything about the occupant of the room, if there were weapons present or if the person permanently lived at the residence.” The officers were faulted for not taking the time to “determine a safe course of action” with four other detectives who were present.”

For its part, the Department of Corrections simply ruled that Rongen’s actions had followed department policies. Rongen, invoking the Fifth Amendment, had refused to cooperate with the investigation.

The King County Prosecutor decline to file criminal charges against either assailant, insisting that the shooting was justified because of a “perceived risk” to officer safety.

All police are taught to perceive all citizens as potential risks, and to put “officer safety” ahead of all other considerations. Does this mean they can shoot any of us at any time?


12 thoughts on ““Justified”: Uniformed Invaders Shoot a Man 16 Times in his Bed

  1. wow – what a joke. I sure hope the guy shot will try to press charges no matter what and then sue them till he owns the county.

    betcha they were on roids or something.

  2. I’m patiently waiting for the day that a whole SWAT team enters the WRONG home, again, gun’s blazing, and a “mysterious” fire starts from the outside in, possibly lit by the innocent, fleeing occupants, but now occupied by trigger happy, power addicts, mind-masterbating with their high tech, militarized gear while high on steroids (yes they were) and contained rage. I can just hear the ammo popping, from the scorching heat, as the last muffled scream is consumed by the smoky inferno.


    1. exactly.
      this is why they get away with murder and other abuses. the establishment has to give the pigs a break in order to keep them controlled.
      very unfair but this is the matrix we live in. guilty until proven innocent and all “crime” is commercial.

  4. This happended in my county a few years back. The two officers were found a few days later with bullets to the head. Hey, the have to punch the off duty clock sometime.

  5. When he recovers, he should hunt down these two cops and give ’em a taste of what getting shot by sixteen bullets feels like. Justify it by saying that God appeared to him in a dream and instructed him to make an example of these two worthless pieces of crap. The fact that they emptied their guns into him tells me that it was attempted murder, pure and simple. As for the Dept. of Corrections, I would think that any employee involved in such an incident would be required to provide a detailed report of the event exactly as it occurred. Let’s say this cop gets injured on the job and his boss says, “What happened?” and the cop replies, “I’d rather not say, but I need you to provide me with medical assistance and I might need to apply for workers comp, and possibly disability.” That’s not how it works: this idiot should have been fired for refusing to account for his time during the hours that the shooting occurred. How can they find him not at fault if he refused to cooperate with the investigation? Theoharis needs to get himself a good attorney.

  6. i’m still waiting for one of these types of victims to either go to the local police station & “do a columbine” or to spend a few weeks abushing them on the streets.

    because if that happened to me, that’s all i’d have on my mind 24/7

      1. Implementing the Oklahoma City false flag in this manner give credence to a lie. Timothy McVeigh was an operative for the government, not one of us.

  7. Very sad is the state of affairs these days. When I was a young boy people had a lot of respect for local policemen. In those days it was known as police protection but then it became law enforcement. With the mentality change came a militerized police force and thats why people are getting murdered by the police. Very sad… Good day

  8. Thomas thats a bit over the top to say McVeigh was right! There is no justice in this life, but every person will stand before God the moment after they breath their last breath. I never understood why God would create a hell. I thought hell was way to harsh, but now that I have traveled lifes road and witnessed injustices small and large I am convinced HELL is too kind for some. Good day

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