Local deputies detain wrong guy; man wants apology

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 8:20 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- A recent college graduate is waiting to hear the words “I’m sorry” from two Spokane County Sheriff's deputies.

Conner Guerrero said the deputies were sneaking around his house, forced him on his knees on his lawn, and handcuffed him in front of his neighbors.

But deputies had the wrong house and the wrong guy.

“Just trying to enjoy my evening.  All the sudden, I see a flashlight shining through my doors…” said Guerrero.  “I'm thinking this could be a dangerous situation for me.”

Guerrero said he assumed the two men outside his house were burglars.

“I come over to my door and I slap it to say hey someone is in this house and they're not going to let you come in here.”

He said he then got the scare of his life.

“Right as soon as I opened this door, and it's dark outside - it's very dark and all I can see is a pistol.”

As Conner ran for cover, he heard a man yell ‘Sheriff's Office’ and asking him to come out.  Guerrero said he immediately complied.

“I'm wondering why the hell is a gun being pointed at me right now!”

Conner said the deputies accused him of being an intruder on his own home.

“They directed me to take a knee, well both knees,” he said.  “The gun [was] still drawn.

The deputies then reportedly took his ID, proving Guerrero lived there.

But he claimed when the mistake was realized, he was the one apologizing while the deputy said something that gave him chills.

“’You're lucky I didn't [expletive] shoot you,’” Conner said.

He soon learned the deputies were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle but went to the wrong house.

The Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich admitted the mistake.

“We went to the wrong house yes…after that they handled the call for what it was advised of,” Knezovich said.  “They showed up, it was a dark house, fresh tire tracks, they were looking for a burglar.”

The Sheriff also said the way Guerrero reacted made the situation worse.

“You don't pound on a door, open it and slam it that way.  Put yourself in the deputies’ position,” said Knezovich.

The Sheriff added that the Spokane County Sheriff's Office issued an apology to Guerrero.   Guerrero said, however, he would not be satisfied until he received a personal apology from the two deputies.









 

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