SWAT team raids wrong house in Tennessee

DEA agents and SWAT team members stormed what they thought was the house of a murderer, only to realize much later that they had the wrong address.


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CLEVELAND, TENNESSEE — A Tennessee family woke up terrified one morning earlier this month when DEA agents and a SWAT team mistakenly raided their house.

Spencer Renck claimed in a Facebook post that he heard loud banging noises at 5:50 a.m. and thought someone was breaking into his home.

He grabbed his gun and ran upstairs, only to come face to face with the Bradley County SWAT team — their guns drawn and pointed at him. They tackled the father of four and told him he was under arrest for murder.

It wasn't until 20 minutes later that agents realized they had the wrong guy. They left the house without a word and nabbed the real murder suspect next door, reports WTVC.

Renck says agents destroyed his house during the raid. They busted up the door, blew out the ceiling, and burned the floor and hallway. They'd also thrown flash bang grenades inside the property, one of which temporarily blinded and deafened his young son.

A supervisor later came back to apologize for the mix-up, but the damage had already been done.

Authorities are still trying to figure out who messed up, and the sheriff's office hasn't said who'll be paying for damages.
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