COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Springs grandmother who suffered a heart attack when drug agents raided her home has filed a personal injury lawsuit in federal court claiming the tactics were “extreme, unreasonable and outrageous.”
The Colorado Springs Gazette reports 71-year-old Rose Ann Santistevan is suing the city and authorities involved in the Oct. 6, 2009, raid. The woman had a heart attack when a SWAT team threw a flash-bang grenade into her home before rushing in with guns drawn.
The residence was searched the same day her son and other relatives were arrested in a series of raids in the city, but family members say no drugs were found in the home.
El Paso County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lt. Lari Sevene has defended the raid, saying authorities were acting on information gathered during the investigation.
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