Boise Police Say Sorry Breaking Down Wrong Door
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise police are acknowledging they entered the wrong apartment to serve a search warrant related to a drug and theft investigation.
The Idaho Statesman reports that police broke down the apartment door early Thursday and tossed in a flash-bang device. Police Deputy Operations Chief Eugene Smith said Friday the error "is rare and certainly regrettable." He says officers apologized to the apartment occupants and began to do "all they could to make it right, including paying for repairs and securing the apartment." Smith says police are reviewing the case to see how it happened and make sure it doesn't happen again.
Harrison Wheeler says he looked outside at the Parkhill Apartments to see flashing police lights, a SWAT-style vehicle and people being questioned. In a statement, police say the address was confirmed by several sources — but it was wrong. Police say the two people inside were startled but cooperative.