MPD raids wrong house; disabled resident injured - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD raids wrong house; disabled resident injured

(WMC-TV) - Memphis Police said a mentally disabled man suffered minor injuries during a raid Tuesday night at a house on Bluebell Street in Westwood.  But the house was not supposed to be raided.

"I didn't know what was going on," said one neighbor.

Neighbors watched several undercover officers break down the door and rush in.  The disabled man was inside with his mother.

"I have two children here and they babies," said the neighbor.  "And if they would have busted in it would have scared my kids and I wouldn't want my kids to see nothing like that," she added.

Another house just down the block was the intended target.  Officers later served a warrant there related to a drug investigation.

"Officers mistakenly hit the wrong house," said MPD Director Toney Armstrong.

Armstrong agreed to sit down with Action News 5 to discuss the mix-up.

"It's unfortunate this happened, we regret it happened, and are taking necessary steps to make sure it doesn't happen again," said Armstrong.

Armstrong told us the officers involved in Tuesday night's raid will be disciplined.  He recalled similar mistakes when he worked in OCU, but he said such incidents are rare.

"As you and I know, anytime you put the human element in executing as many warrants as they do," said Armstrong.  "Unfortunately, accidents happen," said Armstrong.

Armstrong was thankful no one was seriously injured or even killed Tuesday night as a result of officers raiding the wrong house.

He apologized to the homeowner and agreed to pay for any damages.

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