Home of family with children accidentally targeted in SWAT operation

9NEWS @ 10. 9/14/2016

MESA COUNTY - Law enforcement conducted a SWAT operation at the wrong home on Wednesday morning, shocking a family with several children.

Police say they had gotten a tip that the home in Clifton was housing a large amount of methamphetamine.

After obtaining a search warrant from a judge early that morning, officers forced entry into the house, breaking windows in the process. It wasn't until they were in the home that law enforcement realized the current residents weren't the suspects.

Police say the suspects had lived at the address at one time, but had since moved. Living in the home now was a family with several children.

"We are deeply regretful of the experience to which this family was subjected. We have met with the family, including the children, to explain in detail how such a mistake was made," The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The sheriff's office said it will replace the windows, doors and carpet.

Luckily, no one was injured.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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