Alabama Woman Sues Over Police Search Damage to Home

July 10, 2013

The owner of a Montgomery home that was badly damaged during the search for a shooting suspect is suing to make the city and the federal government pay for thousands of dollars in repairs.

WSFA-TV reported that Yakemi Ward filed a federal lawsuit over damage to the house where officers looked for Desmonte Leonard in June 2012. The suit says officers virtually destroyed the home as they fired tear gas canisters and punched holes in ceilings searching for Leonard.

Leonard later surrendered and was charged in a shooting that left three people dead in Auburn, including two former Auburn University football players.

Neither the city of Montgomery nor federal officials have commented on the suit. Officials previously refused to pay for damage estimated at $127,000.

Leonard is awaiting trial.

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