Gerald Goines, who has a 35-year law enforcement career, faces two charges of committing crime, Harris District Attorney Kim Ogg said. A second former officer, Steven Bryant, is accused of manipulating evidence.
"The eyes of this community and of the nation are focused on this case, it is crucial for the public's trust that we divulge the true facts about how, how and why two civilians in their own home of relatives of the Houston Police Narcotics Squad 15 were killed, "Ogg said in a statement.
Authorities said earlier this year to review more than 1,400 cases of goines working.
CNN reaches to the lawyers of the former officers, with Bryant's statement that he has surrendered himself and post a bond.
Andy Drumheller said that his client had played no role in drafting the police's sworn statement, had never given up his gun, and had not entered the residence where the raid had taken place. Bryant has been involved in the investigation and "we will defend him in court," said Drumheller.