Federal, local agencies geared up to enter the wrong home
It was a frightening scene for one Chattanooga father who says his yard was flooded with police officers and federal agents who were gearing up to enter his home, only to realize they had the wrong house.
Now he wants answers about what led to the mix-up.
Three agencies admit to playing a role, but no one is taking credit for the mix up that Rony Palicier says left his family traumatized.
It was 2:00 Wednesday morning when Rony Palicier said he woke up to find multiple law enforcement agencies on his lawn.
“To come here in such a way,” Rony Palicier said. “I've never seen as many cars for anybody as I seen here.”
Palicier's six children, wife and father-in-law were asleep inside the house. He said he knew right away the officers had the wrong house.
“We don't commit ourselves to any kind of behavior that would constitute the police coming here,” Palicier explained.
He said U.S. Marshals, agents with the Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Chattanooga police officers had guns drawn with flashlights pointed at him.
They handcuffed him, but eventually let him go when they realized he did not fit the description of the person they were looking for.
“They gave a half footed apology, but the officers that were in charge gave a real apology,” Palicier said.
Channel 3 reached out to all three agencies.
A spokesperson for the Chattanooga Police Department referred us to the other two agencies, saying in an email, "according to a report, CPD responded to assist the ATF and U.S. Marshals."
A spokesperson for the ATF referred us to the U.S. Marshal's Service, as the lead agency.
And a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service told Channel 3 agents were present, but said in a text, “the U.S. Marshals Service has no further written or verbal comment at this time."
Palicier received a similar response and wants answers. He said the ordeal was traumatizing for his wife and children.
“You can't get that emotional about it because then your children are affected by your emotions,” Palicier said. “My kids are taken back.”
Palicier plans to take his concerns to city leaders in an effort to prevent another family from going through what his family has.
“At the end of the day, it's about respect, and if you don't learn to respect people then you shouldn't be in any kind of public servant position,” Palicier added.
It's not clear who law enforcement was looking for.
Palicier said he plans to address the Chattanooga City Council at Tuesday night's meeting in an effort to get answers.
Channel 3 will continue to press for more on what led to the mix-up and will share what we learn.
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