TBI to investigate Bradley County SWAT raid on wrong house

TBI to investigate Bradley County SWAT raid on wrong house

May 22nd, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been asked to look into an incident where a Bradley County SWAT team burst into the wrong house while searching for a homicide suspect.

Steve Crump, district attorney in the 10th Judicial District, said he asked the state agency to look into the incident.

A spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office was tight-lipped Tuesday afternoon, not mentioning the error in a news release to the Times Free Press.

"Earlier this morning, the Bradley County Sheriff's Office assisted a federal agency with executing a federal search warrant which led to the arrest of a male who was wanted for murder in Washington County, TN," spokesman James E. Bradford Jr. said in the emailed release. "No other details are available at this time since the investigation is still on-going."

The heavily armed SWAT team members were looking for 27-year-old Monte Lamar Brewer Jr. when they burst through the door of Spencer Renck's Lynncrest Drive house shortly before 6 a.m., Renck told WRCB-Channel 3.

Renck said on Facebook that officers threw flash-bangs in the house, forced him to the ground and damaged his home before discovering they were in the wrong house, Channel 3 reported.

His wife, Alyssa Renck, said in a separate Facebook post that "they pretty much scared all of us to death and kicked Spencer to the ground and kept me away from my scared kids for NO REASON."

She said her son had to go to Children's Hospital at Erlanger to have his ears checked out because of the blasts.