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Pensacola police injured a one-year-old baby after executing a 5 a.m. search warrant at the home of a man who was not a criminal suspect

Published on: 02/16/2022

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© Getty Images Getty Images A one-year-old baby was reportedly injured while in police custody following a SWAT team raid. The child's father is charged with attempted murder after opening fire on one of the officers who rammed his door in. The man's friends and family say he believed the officer was an intruder. A one-year-old baby was injured after police in Pensacola, Florida, executed an early-morning search warrant at the home of a man who was not a criminal suspect, according to the child's family and the police department.

The incident began when SWAT officers with the Pensacola Police Department arrived at the home of 24-year-old Corey Marioneaux Jr. — and his two young children — to execute a search warrant in connection to a January 22 shooting, though police told local media that Marioneaux was not a suspect in the shooting.

A spokesperson for the Pensacola Police Department told Insider on Wednesday that an internal review of the incident is underway. The spokesperson declined to answer further questions or provide documents until the review was completed.

According to an arrest report obtained by the ABC affiliate WEAR-TV , the officers executed the search warrant at Marioneaux Jr.'s home at 5 a.m. on February 3, knocking and announcing their presence for "approximately 10 seconds" before forcing the door open and entering.

Police said Marioneaux Jr. opened fire at the officer who rammed his door, striking the officer's shield and prompting the officer to return fire.

Marioneaux Jr.'s family and friends told WEAR-TV he is a licensed gun owner and he opened fire that morning because he believed the officers were intruders. The arrest report obtained by the outlet said Marioneaux Jr. "made spontaneous statements in the presence of [police] that he was sorry."

Neither Marioneaux Jr. nor the officers were injured in the incident. Marioneaux Jr. was arrested, and released on $50,000 bond later that day, according to court records viewed by Insider.

Authorities told local media outlets that, in the aftermath of the shooting, the infant fell out of the backseat of a vehicle while investigators were waiting for the children's relatives to arrive. A police statement said one investigator opened the car door to get inside, and hadn't realized that the child was leaning on the door of the car.

Photos obtained by the ABC affiliate WEAR-TV showed the child with wounds, scrapes, and bruises on his face.

Marioneaux Jr. is now charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, and his family has expressed shock at the police's handling of both the search warrant execution, and the children.

"On top of all [Marioneaux Jr.'s] charges, he also has to think, 'Now somebody hurt my baby,'" the children's mother, Moiya Dixon, told WEAR-TV .

"My 3-year-old is traumatized," she told the outlet. "He keeps having to tell the story of what his 3-year-old brain can comprehend of what happened to his baby brother. That is horrifying."

Insider was unable to immediately reach members of Marioneaux's family on Wednesday, and it was unclear if he had retained an attorney.

Escambria County court records show that Marioneaux is scheduled to be arraigned on February 25.

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