TAZEWELL - Claiborne County Sheriff Eddie Shoffner has apologized
privately and publicly to a family whose home he and his deputies
raided by mistake Sunday night in a search for drugs and guns.

Masked and heavily armed deputies stormed into the home of Dennis
and Kristi Smith, whose son Jordan had celebrated his 5th birthday
earlier. The Smiths say they were terrified.

"They were in full gear, big rifles with clips, hollering and
yelling and pointing guns at us," Dennis Smith said.

Smith said he was handcuffed and forced to the floor, his wife taken
out of bed and searched.

"My son was sitting there, curled up into a little ball and just
shaking," he said.


Pubdate: Thu, 18 Jul 2002
Source: Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN)
Copyright: 2002 The Knoxville News-Sentinel Co.
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/226
Author: Jim Balloch
Continues: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v02/n1346/a05.html