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Chattanooga Police: "Officers Followed Protocol"

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It started out as one of those common mysterious calls, then turned into what the officers thought was a fire.  After entering the meth house twice, the men finally realized what was really happening. It started out as one of those common mysterious calls, then turned into what the officers thought was a fire. After entering the meth house twice, the men finally realized what was really happening.

By Megan Boatwright, Channel Eyewitness News Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- It was a situation that didn't end the way it should have for two Chattanooga police officers Thursday night.  A trip to the hospital is never the way the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) wants their officers to end a shift.

"No, we all want to go home safely at night," said Kim Noorbergen with the Chattanooga Police Department.  "Fortunately these guys they are okay." 

It started out as one of those common mysterious calls, then turned into what the officers thought was a fire.  After entering the meth house twice, the men finally realized what was really happening.

"They went back into the residence thinking there was someone else inside and the house was on fire," Noorbergen said.  "Then one of the officers noticed the red phosphorous."

CPD says their officers absolutely followed protocol, but in today's world police just never know what they'll face one call to the next.

"The hard part is sometimes you're in the middle of it before you even know what's going on," said veteran Assistant Police Chief, Mike Williams. 

Thursday night ended with arrests, charges and for the officers a trip to ERLANGER Medical Center.  

The meth house on Tanner Ave. is eerily quiet Friday. Channel 3 talked to two neighbors across the street, because they feared for their safety neither would go on camera.  However, both said they saw many suspicious cars drive by Friday morning.

Williams says the Thursday night incident is a perfect example of how crime and the day to day dangers officers face today have changed in his 38 year career.

"Meth labs, other types of hazardous materials even blood born pathogens, AIDS," Williams said.  "There are so many more things we can be exposed to today that just weren't around when I started on the force."

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