DEA apologizes after SWAT raids wrong house

DEA apologizes after SWAT raids wrong house
WDEF via CNN

The DEA and Bradley County SWAT team is apologizing to a Tennessee family after officers raided their home, mistaking it for the one next door.

WDEF reports officers kicked down the family’s door and threw flash bang grenades inside, hitting a child’s room and his father, Spencer Renck.

“There’s kids toys all over the place. They probably had to step over kids toys and they still threw three different flash bags,” said Renck.

Renck, a father of four, said he initially thought there was an intruder in his home, so he drew his gun to protect his family.

“As soon as they open the door and I see all the guns, I just turned around because, like everybody was saying, if I was five steps or three steps up, they wouldn’t pulled the trigger.”

The intended target for the SWAT team was a murder suspect wanted in connection with a Johnson City woman. Police arrested the suspect shortly after the botched raid.

Renck says his son is traumatized from the incident.

“I might have to come sleep upstairs with him so he might feel safe in his own house to go to sleep because somebody didn’t do their job correctly.”

The DEA says they’re taking the incident “very seriously” and will “look into the matter further.”