A drug squad overturned furniture, destroyed appliances and smashed a toilet into bits during a raid at the wrong house, police said.
"I thought somebody was shooting at us when all that glass came flying in," said Lloyd Miner, who was watching television with his girlfriend when police came crashing in Wednesday night.Police said the officers ignored a routine safeguard and hit the wrong address.
Damage to the house went beyond what is expected in a search for drugs, police said. Doors were ripped off cabinets, televisions were overturned and an air-conditioning unit was uprooted. No drugs or illegal items were found.
Miner, a 33-year-old construction worker, said officers hit him with blunt objects, possibly flashlights, to make him lie on the floor. He was taken to jail and held for about five hours.
Obscured behind bushes is the adjacent house that officers had a warrant to enter. Neighbors said strangers walked in and out of that house as the raid by the department's street narcotics unit pro-ceeded.
Maj. Dennis Shreve, commander of the narcotics and vice division, said the sergeant in charge neglected to do a routine drive-by check with an undercover agent who had been inside the suspected drug house.