OPP squad raids wrong home, terrifies man
Stun grenade smashes through window at incorrect address
An Ontario Provincial Police tactical squad gave an Arnprior, Ont., man a terrifying wakeup call Friday, bursting into his home and holding him at gunpoint — before realizing they’d entered the wrong address.
The team was looking to arrest an alleged drug dealer in possession of weapons when they stormed Steven Carrigan’s apartment before 7 a.m. armed with a stun grenade and rifles.
Carrigan was jolted awake by the sound of a stun grenade smashing through his window and exploding on his son’s bed.
"It was loud, like ‘boom! boom!’ " recalled Carrigan. Fortunately, his 19-year-old was not home at the time.
'My name is Steven'
"That would have done some serious damage to my son."
Carrigan said several officers broke down his door, pulled him naked out of bed and held him at gunpoint.
"They were like, ‘Don’t move! Don’t move!’ And then he says a name."
It was at that point that Carrigan realized it was a case of mistaken identity.
"I said, ‘No. My name is Steven. Not the name you called.’ "
The suspect police were looking for, it turned out, lived in the apartment below. Upon realizing the error, police arrested and charged the neighbour, a 24-year-old man, with possession of a prohibited weapon and marijuana.
OPP lauds mission in release
Although it was mission accomplished for the police, Carrigan was in no celebratory mood.
"Just angry!" he said. "I haven’t had a parking ticket in 20 years. They’ve got to get it right. There’s 20 of them. They couldn’t get the right place?"
An OPP spokesperson now admits the officers slipped up, though an initial OPP press release called the mission a success.