Suspect Shot During Warrant Service (Follow Up)
On May 1, 2018, shortly before 5:00 a.m., the League City Police Department Combined Agency Response Team executed search warrants on the residence at 314 Morningside Drive in League City. The search warrant, for narcotics and illegal weapons, was issued as a result of an ongoing investigation which began after numerous and repeated complaints of narcotics activity at the residence dating back to 2016.
During the investigation, League City Police Detectives observed numerous hand to hand narcotics transactions taking place in the front yard of the residence. As a result of the investigation, multiple suspects were arrested leaving the residence after making purchases of illegal drugs and illegal firearms.
According to warrant service protocol, a marked patrol unit was positioned in front of the house with its emergency lights activated and verbal, amplified announcements of entry were made. As the entry team began execution of the warrant and entered the house, 49-year-old Roger Fortner of League City, a resident of the house, threatened officers with a samurai-style sword. Officers commanded Fortner to put down the weapon but Fortner did not comply and assumed an offensive posture in a bedroom, presenting a close quarters threat. League City Police Officer Andrew Gilbertson fired a less lethal 40MM blunt impact projectile and League City Police Officer Matt Maggiolino fired his rifle, striking Fortner and stopping the threat. Fortner was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
As a result of the execution of the search warrants, 20-year-old Brandon Wilson of League City, also a resident of the house, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana (more than 4 ounces, less than 5 pounds) a state jail felony, and possession of a controlled substance (penalty group 2) also a state jail felony. Both charges were enhanced to a 3rd-degree felony due to the offenses occurring in a Drug-Free Zone (school). A $20,000 bond was placed on Wilson for each charge.
Officer Andrew Gilbertson is a 6-year veteran of the League City Police Department.
Officer Matt Maggiolino is a year 5-year veteran of the League City Police Department and has a total of 14 years of law enforcement experience.
As is standard operating procedure, both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave. The investigation into the shooting is being conducted by Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.
All media inquiries regarding this case should be referred to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office at (409) 766-2300.