Man Dies in Police Raid on WRONG House
A 61-year-old man was shot to death by
police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug
raid on the wrong house.
Police admitted their mistake, saying faulty information from a drug informant contributed to the death of John Adams Wednesday night. They intended to raid the home next door.
The two officers, 25-year-old Kyle Shedran and 24-year-old Greg Day, were placed on administrative leave with pay.
‚ÄúThey need to get rid of those men, boys with toys,‚ÄĚ said Adams‚Äô 70-year-old widow, Loraine.
John Adams was watching television when his wife heard pounding on the door. Police claim they identified themselves and wore police jackets. Loraine Adams said she had no indication the men were police.
‚ÄúI thought it was a home invasion. I said ‚ÄėBaby, get your gun!,‚ÄĚ she said, sitting amid friends and relatives gathered at her home to cook and prepare for Sunday‚Äôs funeral.
Resident Fired First
Police say her husband fired first with a sawed-off shotgun and they responded. He was shot at least three times and died later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Loraine Adams said she was handcuffed and thrown to her knees in another room when the shooting began.
‚ÄúI said, ‚ÄėY‚Äôall have got the wrong person, you‚Äôve got the wrong place. What are you looking for?‚Äú‚Äė
‚ÄúWe did the best surveillance we could do, and a mistake was made,‚ÄĚ Lebanon Police Chief Billy Weeks said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a very severe mistake, a costly mistake. It makes us look at our own policies and procedures to make sure this never occurs again.‚ÄĚ He said, however, the two policemen were not at fault.