The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Cops, courts and fires

August 6, 2009

Anderson woman left homeless after SWAT raid

Attorney: City immune to police action damages

ANDERSON — An Anderson woman was left without a livable home Wednesday after the Anderson Police Department SWAT team used tear gas and other methods to try to coax out a fugitive who wasn’t there.

Mary Williams said her rental home at 120 W. Third St. was destroyed after the SWAT raid, all the windows busted out and the lingering effects of at least 15 canisters of tear gas making it impossible to stay in the house for more than a few minutes.

“I’m homeless,” she said. “I don’t have nowhere to stay. I don’t have any clothes. My house is so destroyed, you would have thought I was a notorious drug dealer.”

In fact, police were looking for an alleged drug dealer when they raided Williams’ home. Her boyfriend’s son, Tracy Miller, also known as Tracy McCloud, has an APD warrant out for his arrest for the armed robbery of Studio 2 Salon on Dec. 23 and another warrant issued by U.S. marshals for selling cocaine.

APD Sgt. Bill Casey said dispatchers received an anonymous tip Wednesday that Miller was hiding in Williams’ home.

“We believe this guy was possibly armed,” Casey said. “It’s the same guy that went into a place and robbed four women at gunpoint. We take those kind of things seriously.”

Williams said when police knocked on her door about 6:45 p.m., she told them Miller was not in the residence. When officers asked if they could bring a canine into the home for a search, Williams gave them permission.

“I went outside across the street waiting for them to bring the canine,” she said. “We stood out there for two hours. They waited until it was pitch dark, then started shooting off tear gas. They didn’t bring out a canine unit.

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