Skip to comments.Bad information leads police to wrong house; bullets fly
Posted on 12/17/2007 8:37:42 AM PST by Ken H
Police blamed bad information for sending a SWAT team into a north Minneapolis house early Sunday morning in a raid that ended with shots exchanged between police -- who were struck by bullets -- and the resident, who said he was just defending his family.
The homeowner, who does not speak English, told his brother that he thought the police were the "bad guys" after they broke through the back door of the house, where he lives with his wife and six children. He fired and hit two police officers, who were not injured thanks to their bullet-proof vests and helmets, police said in a statement.
The Police Department's SWAT team was trying to search the two-story house at 12:46 a.m. in the 1300 block of Logan Avenue N., as part of an investigation by the Violent Offender Task Force. But police said that they learned later that bad information led them to that house.
"It was found out that this particular address was not part of that long-term investigation," police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Garcia III told KSTP-TV on Sunday. He told KMSP-TV that it was a "bad situation."
Vang and his children, who range in age from 3 to 15, were shaken, Dao Vang said. "All these gunshots in the house. They don't know what's going on. Flying bullets in the house and they just cried," he said.
Garcia told KMSP that police grabbed the family's children and shielded them during the incident.
Garcia did not return repeated calls from the Star Tribune on Sunday. Questions about the shooting on Sunday night were referred to Lt. Amelia Huffman, head of the homicide unit, who also did not return calls.
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This Gestapo crap needs to end before some innocent person is killed ...
Did they kill the dog?
They need to train with the Atlanta cops. They don’t leave witnesses.
Wonder if they’ll charge the guy with police assault? Even though I applaud his defense of his home and family I think he’s lucky he’s still alive. SWAT teams are pretty heavily armed.
The guy is lucky to be alive.
And I’m betting the SWAT Team leader is asking the team “Even if if was a mistake - why is he still alive?”
“We won’t prosecute you, if you promise not to sue us...”
Or, something like that......
this nonsense has to stop.
I stand in agreement. There is no reason for these types of raids unless someone's life in in imminent and immediate danger.
Wow, and he lived to tell about it? Amazing.
Lubbuck SWAT lives on.
This Gestapo crap needs to end before MORE innocent PEOPLE ARE killed ...
All joking aside ... whether you’re for the WOsD or not ... IMHO there is NO amount of illegal drugs that justifies this type of paramilitary action against citizens of this country ... guilty or not. If the amount of drugs in question is flushable in the time it takes to serve a warrant PROPERLY ... it ain’t worth the chance of hurting an innocent.
The total incompetence of government at all levels has filtered into most of our police departments.
This sh*t is just over the top and is occurring at a disturbing frequency.
A brave but stupid reporter who attempted that follow-up visit!
There have been plenty of innocent people killed by these Jack Booted thugs. When innocent people start shooting back, well good luck for them.
just another fun and games for guys that couldn't make it in spec ops but really like wearing the balaclava, black helmets and body armor with dynamic entrances. What is the point? I'll gladly show them how to do a snatch and grab so that they never have to blow down a door again. But it just doesn't look as cool, does it?
Oh and by the way, innocent people have been killed. But they're poor so it just doesn't matter.
How come they don't do this to the MS-13, Crips, Blood, LK's or Mexican Mafia? They KNOW they've got drugs and guns. But it's easier to go after grannies and guys with kids in their house. I like LEO's. I shoot with them. But puhleeze, anybody with half a brain knows that these are just PR knock downs in order to justify increasing budgets and maybe, just maybe they get to buy more toys.....like an APC...or hell a real tank. That would be great, huh?
The account in the Strib says the homeowner (shooter, victim) spoke no English.
In this account....http://wcco.com/crime/shots.fired.officers.2.611952.html the homeowner has lived in this country for 20 years.....Hmmmmmmm
You do know that I was being facetious ...
Agreed. Routine warrants should be served during daylight hours after knocking. So what if they flush anything? Only drugs can be flushed and they leave residue. If the evidence is gone, the perps can explain it to their suppliers. And it’s hard to flush stolen car parts.
Any other types of raids should be for extreme emergencies only (hostage rescue, for example).
They were just killing time between Minnesota Vikings’ arrests.....
Elderly woman killed in her own home with a no-knock warrant.
Bad info.... funky, unreliable "informant" under duress to give the "elite" drug squad something they sould use...ASAP...
Let's get those arrest numbers back up there!
Gestapo tactics... IMHO
"Veeee hafff to seee ze papers...
"Vee shall come and go as veee please..."
You dare to shootback...
Vee vill keel ze dog...
Veee vill strip-search your zleeping wife...
Vee vill take your children away....
You vill cooperate.... OR ELSE!!...
Veee might haff to consider ze use of force!
Zank you for your cooperation...
We don't need to steeenkin' 4th amendment...
with shots exchanged between police — who were struck by bullets —
Only after you read the entire article do you find out the “bullets” the cops were struck with were actually pellets likely fired from a 12 Ga.
Kinda like calling a chinese SKS an AK-47. I hate sloppy/inaccurate reporting.
Fueled With Drug Enforcement Money, Military-Style Police Teams Are Exploding In The Backwoods Of Wisconsin
Wendy Olveda, five months pregnant, was on the computer preparing lessons for the fifth-grade class she teaches at Markesan Elementary School. Jesus, her husband, was in the bedroom reading, and their 3-year-old daughter, Zena, was passing the time quietly on a couch.
Suddenly the door burst open and several armed men in black uniforms burst into the home. Within seconds Wendy and her husband, Jesus, were thrown roughly face down to the floor and ordered to put their hands behind their heads.
these SWAT teams are really getting out of control.
It's just my paranoid opinion that the police are doing these SWAT raids NOT as a way to bust drug dealers ... BUT rather are using them as a show of force for the citizenry. I believe it's a veiled threat to those who may think that the tree of liberty may need a little watering ...
I had written a post about how incompetent the SWAT team is but then I had a second thought. Maybe that the homeowner didn’t get shot tells how well trained the SWAT team is.
Mistakes happen in every line of work. The SWAT team stopped, in the heat of the action, before something really bad happened. I applaud them.
Wonder if theyll charge the guy with police assault?
They are saying on the radio here that the man has been questioned and released. His family is considering a legal action.
My Grandfather came to America as a youth and learned to speak English without an accent and only spoke English in his home so my mother only new his original language minimally....his sister a few years older never ever learned the language.
Go figure, but dont assume that being here 20 years is a guarantee of language proficiency.
Time to put these dogs on a leash.
I’m all FOR having a SWAT team, or whatever they call them now, but when they get bad intel on the perps and kick in the wrong guy innocent people die, including cops.
If someone came crashing in MY house in the middle of the night, I’ll probably go down fighting, since I don’t keep kevlar in the bedroom usually, but I damned sure have an arsenal that will take down someone wearing it....
Sorry, police should NOT be kicking in doors like that, unless it is a KNOWN hostage situation or something worse. When you go to an address in the middle of the night (or whenever) and you’re trying to surprise the occupants by terrorizing them into submission, then you’re cruising for a bruising.
My thoughts exactly. And why is it they can't seal off the border?
We wont prosecute you, if you promise not to sue us...
Or, something like that......
And I’d be saying, “F*** You. I’m suing, go ahead and arrest me for defending my family against an unknown intrusion. ANYONE can SHOUT ‘POLICE!’ can’t they moron!”
Then I’d sue them for false arrest, endangerment, shooting my dog and kicking my door in. Good grief, this is BS. SWAT teams should be held in reserve for KNOWN SITUATIONS that can’t be handled by regular law enforcement personnel. Once they have the goods on someone and an arrest goes wrong, that’s when SWAT is supposed to come in. That was their ORIGINAL purpose, and they need to keep them back until then.
SWAT belongs at hostage situations and KNOWN bad guys being holed up after an LE contact, not kicking in doors in the middle of the night.
Just like the Nazi and Communist. They should be fired immediately. And brought to court for felon breaking and entering.
If memory serves, that has already happened several times. The most egregious was the Weaver family (Ruby Ridge) when the feds raided to arrest him for "selling a sawed-off shotgun". As I recall, his wife, son, and baby were killed.
From the article: "...in a raid that ended with shots exchanged..."
What do you think these well trained officers were shooting at?
Huh? Thousands of innocents have already been killed in an "Epidemic of Isolated Incidents."
Who, the cops or the family? They apparently were Vietnamese, ya know, and it was after the dinner hour.
Son first, then wife was shot in the face by one of the Feds. The baby lived. I saw them on television a few months back. The daughter was grown up and moved away, and the younger baby wouldn’t go on TV for some reason. (She’s a young adult now if I remember right). Weaver still lives in the same house.
They ought to sue the bastards for all they're worth.
You don't go smashing into someone's home in the middle of the night heavily armed without GOOD, CONFIRMED intel.
I was hoping your were. Now I know you were.
I was just laughing the other night when I read in a local newspaper where the small police department just received a (I forgot the correct name of it) bascially an Army tank.
I’m serious, a tank.
A few years ago the SWAT team in Franklin TN kicked in the door (a wrong address) in the middle of the night, and when the homeowner grabbed his gun they shot him dead. This is happening too frequently.
If these guys want to play Army why don’t we send them down to protect the US/Mexican border with all their equipment, especially considering the Border Patrol is always complaining about not having enough money/equipment.
Kind of like the Arlington, Texas SWAT who had a confirmed armed, triple murder suspect surrounded on the street and allowed him to drive off with out firing a shot.
1) Demilitarise the police except for very specific, legally-defined circumstances. We don't need cops running around with body armour and automatic weapons pretending like they're soldiers while they kick in doors of private dwellings.
2) Make the cops actually abide by the Constitution. Get a warrant, and serve the warrant. Don't just bust down doors on a bogus "warrantless entry" action.
3) Corroborate informant information with evidence from other sources. We don't know that's what happened here, but it's often the case that police act on "tips" from people with grudges against the victim, and the cops don't check into it since they're hoping to score a big drug bust so they can get that new department "anti-drug boat" just in time for summer.
Militarized “Law Enforcement*” has become the “standing army” our Founders feared.
*a phrase that is so common it has lost its Orwellian essence.
The only way the jackboots will even consider changing their paramilitary tactics is if a few of their spec-ops wannabes meet an ugly end. ...and it’s bound to happen sooner or later. Oh yeah, and if enough PDs are successfully sued. I hope Vang is consulting an attorney right now.