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Wrong Place, Wrong Time: 5 Startling Instances of Police Raiding Innocent Homes

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Keefe Private Investigations is back again with another topic that will keep you glued to your seat. Some raids went wrong while investigations were carried out. Today, a criminal defense attorney and criminal defense private investigators tell us 5 times police accidentally raided the wrong home. I’m Makayla, your host for today. Remember, for top-notch private investigation services in Oklahoma, call Keefe at (405) 435-8355.

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Introduction to the case

Today’s video is an eye-opener because we hold the police force to a high degree and we believe they should not raid the wrong homes, but they do. These distressing incidents shed light on the alarming consequences of flawed investigative procedures and serve as a stark reminder of the importance of precision in law enforcement operations. Without further ado, let’s get into the video”

1 Berwyn Heights, Maryland (2008)

This is the first case where we will talk about police raiding the wrong house. In this case, a SWAT team raided the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo after a package containing drugs was mistakenly delivered to his residence. The officers stormed into the mayor’s home, shot and killed his two dogs, and held him and his mother-in-law at gunpoint. It later emerged that the package was part of a drug trafficking scheme, and Calvo and his family were innocent victims of a mix-up. This is a classic example of a raid gone wrong.

2 colorado 

In the second case of a raid gone wrong the police received a wrong tip that they would find methamaphatine and guns in a home at Clifton in Mesa County, Colorado. They raided the house at around 5:30 am and terrified the family. They threatened the families with guns but realized their error when they noticed that they were not the people the police were looking for.

3 Chicago, Illinois (2020)

In another case, Chicago police executed a search warrant on the wrong apartment, leading to a wrongful raid. The officers handcuffed an innocent woman and her three children while searching the premises. The family later sued the city for damages resulting from the botched raid.

4 Bloomfield (2021)

On 21st March 2021, a group of township police allegedly knocked down the door of a former Bloomfield family and entered their house with their rifles drawn during the raid. It can be argued that they are ready to carry out an active murder-suicide. However, following a thorough check of the home, the police discovered they had been given the incorrect address for the alleged crime.

5 Houston, Texas (2019)

In Houston, a raid on a suspected drug house went awry when officers entered the wrong residence. The homeowner, Dennis Tuttle, and his wife were killed in the shootout that ensued during the wrong raid. Subsequent investigations raised questions about the validity of the search warrant and highlighted systemic issues within the Houston Police Department.


The unfortunate instances shown in this video show the critical need for thorough investigation and accurate information in police raids. Innocent individuals and families have endured unwarranted trauma and violation due to these errors. As much as we want justice to be carried out, the rights of individuals should not be tampered with. At Keefe Private Investigations, we see how important it is for the criminal justice system to take its time in carrying out thorough investigations and to ensure that justice is served well. For more insights or our services, visit us at or Like, share, and subscribe for more informative content. Until next time, please stay alert and if you see a story you want us to feature, send us a message.

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