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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Allen
Mincey v. Arizona
Citation:437 U.S. 385 (1978)
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An undercover police officer for a narcotics squad knocked on the door of an apartment occupied by the Petitioner, Rufus Mincey. Prior to this, the officer had allegedly arranged to buy heroin from the Petitioner and had left to get money for the transaction. Upon returning, he came with another plain clothes officer and a county attorney. The door was opened by one of a few of Petitioner’s acquaintances who were in the living room of the apartment. The officer slipped inside and moved into the bedroom. The acquaintance attempted to slam the door to keep the other officer and the attorney from entering but was unsuccessful. As the two entered the apartment, a quick fire of shots were heard from the bedroom. The undercover officer emerged and collapsed on the floor. When the other officer and the attorney entered the bedroom, they found the Petitioner lying on the floor wounded and partially conscious. The undercover officer later died in the hospital. The other officer conducted a warrantless search of the crime scene.
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