Wrong House Invaded in Madison County

By: Charlene Cristobal
July 30, 2014

MADISON, Fla. -- According to a Madison County family, they woke up Wednesday morning to guns drawn and their kids in handcuffs.

"I just kept hearing something, like a loud noise. I felt as if I was just dreaming," said mother Laretta McCaskill. "Then, once I woke up, I'd seen a flashing light and a gun pointed to my head, just cops yelling, 'hold your hands up, hold your hands up! Put your hands up!'"

According to the McCaskill family, the Madison County Sheriff's Office knocked down their door, entered their home and handcuffed their 16-year-old nephew at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"They told me, turn around. Turn around, turn around," said Terrance Coleman, the nephew of the McCaskill's. "And put my hands behind my back. So, he had snatched me off the bed and put me in the living room. So, I came in here and there were guns pointed and me and my cousin. I just feel like they had misplaced me with somebody else."

According to the Madison County Sheriff's Office, they had a warrant to search the McCaskill's home, but it was by mistake. According to officials, they were looking for Tommy Turner, an alleged drug dealer, who actually lived in the mobile home adjacent to the McCaskill's.

"The warrant was obtained for that residence in error. It was a very unfortunate event," said Under Sheriff/Chief Deputy Epp Richardson. "Investigators, reviewing the video from the previous transactions that had been occurring over previous months, identified the video by mistake as being the wrong mobile home. It should've been the mobile home that was adjacent to it."

According to officials, the warrant was obtained by a judge with every belief that the McCaskill's residence was the one that Turner was operating out of.

Authorities arrested Turner Wednesday afternoon. As for the McCaskills, they say they'll move forward, even though they're still emotionally traumatized from the raid.

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