The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raided the wrong home in Cleveland, Tennessee, on May 22.
Spencer Renck told WTVC that authorities broke down his front door and tossed flash bang grenades:
They had their guns drawn at me and I had my gun trying to protect my family. I didn’t know what was going on. I was really close to being killed.
[My son] said he couldn’t see or hear anything. There was a bunch of smoke. He couldn’t breathe. He was freaking out. He’s six years old.
According to Renck, the police knocked down pictures, damaged the ceiling, and burned holes through clothes and a carpet:
When they opened up the door, there were like four or five different guns just drawn at me. So I just came around this corner. [The SWAT team member] said, “Oh. We got the wrong house.”
The DEA apologized, but Bradley County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Bradford would not say who was going to pay for the damage to the home.