Louise Goldsberry was in her Sarasota, Fla., apartment when she looked up and saw a man outside a window pointing a gun at her. A police SWAT team suddenly appeared at the door with guns drawn and Goldsberry grabbed her .38-caliber revolver, leading to some very tense moments.
The cops had been searching for a child rape suspect in the apartment complex, but decided to focus in on Goldsberry’s home because she didn’t open the door when they asked. The police officers assumed this meant they had the right place.
The 59-year-old Goldsberry said when she first saw a man with a hunting vest and gun pointed at her, she assumed it was a home invasion. The person at her door claimed to be a police officer, but the man she saw looked more like an “armed thug” as he screamed at her to open the door, and she could think of no reason why the police would be storming her apartment.
“We’re the f------ police; open the f------ door,” the officer stated.
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Craig Dorris, Goldsberry’s boyfriend and a manager for a security alarm company, was inside the apartment at the time the incident and screamed back that he wanted to see some ID. He then noticed they had tactical shields and thought they might actually be officers, so he offered to come out and talk.
As soon as Dorris got past the door he was handcuffed. In the apartment hallway he could see badges identifying the men as federal marshals, so he told Goldsberry it was safe to come out. After a few more tense minutes, she put down her weapon and went into the hallway, where she was also handcuffed.
Before the standoff ended, Goldsberry had been yelling, “I'm an American citizen” and saying they had no right to do this.
Officers say there was no reason for Goldsberry to pull a gun.
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“We were clearly the police,” said Matt Wiggins, an officer with the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive division and the one she argued with at the door. “She can’t say she didn’t know.”
However, Goldsberry, who has never been arrested or even come close, says officers were shining a bright light in her eyes, leaving her unable to tell exactly who it was threatening to shoot her.
For the next hour the apartment was searched and police showed the couple a picture of the suspect, Kyle Riley. Afterward police took off the handcuffs and let the couple go free.
In the end, the suspect was nowhere near the apartment complex. He was later arrested in a different part of Sarasota, Fla.