Woman says she is terrified after police mistakenly raid her home

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HOUSTON, TX (WCMH) – An elderly Texas woman says she doesn’t feel safe in her home after a police raid in the middle of the night.

Emily Barriere, 68, says she was startled out of her sleep at a senior living facility around midnight on June 26, KTRK reported.

“Boom, boom, boom on the door. I said, ‘Who is it?’ ‘The police,'” Barriere explained.

After pondering whether it might be a scam, she opened the door. She said five officers stormed in with shotguns and handguns, demanding to know the location of a man she had never heard of.

“I had my nightwear on, shaking like a leaf, upset. I stepped out in the hallway, they searched the apartment. The person was not here, as I told them,” said Barriere.

Officers then told her to have a nice night and left.

Now, she says she is dealing with physical and emotional effects from the raid.

“My pressure went up, I don’t know how high. The doctor told me I could have a heart attack and it’s not a guarantee. I’m still going through it. Every time I mention it, it takes me back to the roll call all over again,” she said.

According to Houston police, Barriere’s apartment was the last known address for a suspect they were looking for. The police department told KTRK they have updated  their system to reflect that he no longer lives there.

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