San Diego

The son of Tommie Dubose, shot to death by San Diego Police during a controversial drug raid March 12, pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling cocaine.

Charles Dubose, 36, of San Diego, faces a maximum five-year sentence and a $10,000 fine when he is sentenced Nov. 8. He must register as a narcotics offender.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Herbert Exarhos dismissed another drug case and a citation for failure to appear in court.

Charles Dubose was arrested March 11 after arranging a sale of cocaine to an undercover officer. The next day police burst into his parents’ home in Southeast San Diego and killed Tommie Dubose, 56, prompting protests about the Police Department and its methods.


Dubose’s widow, Mary, filed a wrongful-death suit in July against the department, the city and seven San Diego police officers, including Carlos Garcia, who actually shot Dubose.

Dubose was shot five times after reportedly throwing a glass of wine into an officer’s face. The district attorney’s office declined to prosecute Garcia in the slaying, calling it “justifiable,” but also questioned the department’s methods of entering the house.

Mary Dubose has said her front door was unlocked and officers didn’t need to burst into the home with their guns drawn. No drugs were found in their home.

Tommie Dubose allegedly wrestled one officer’s gun away from him after throwing the wine before Garcia shot him.


In his plea form, Charles Dubose admitted he introduced a potential buyer of cocaine to a drug dealer. He remains in County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.