A mother and daughter are suing their local sheriff’s department after a SWAT team raid during which the daughter was shot multiple times and the family dog was killed.
The raid took place in 2010. The Orange County, Florida Sheriff’s Department was looking for a man named Chris who was believed to be a drug dealer. According to the women, the man no longer lived there.
Nevertheless, officers kicked in the family’s door without knocking and had guns drawn.
"I got up and went towards the door and literally once I went towards the door, boom!" the daughter told WFTV. "I was 17. I was 5 feet 2 inches and 100 pounds wet. And they came in shooting."
The shooting allegedly scared the family’s dog and sent it running to a nearby room.
"The dog was startled and ran to the closet, to the room, and when he ran to the room is when they shot him," the daughter said.
The dog didn’t survive the shooting.
The daughter was also shot during the raid. In this photo of the woman’s legs, you can see multiple bullet wounds:
The daughter says health problems stemming from the shooting still bother her to this day.
"My back hurts a lot now even just doing regular stuff," she said. "The very first year was very, very hard for me. I went to a very dark place."
The raid turned up cannabis seeds and drug paraphernalia, both of which were found in Chris’ old room. All charges against him were later dropped.
The amount of money the women are seeking in the lawsuit is unknown.