The internet has been left gobsmacked after hearing the story of a SWAT team completely tearing down an innocent woman's home in Texas...
And leaving her with the $50,000 repairs bill.
Crazy, we know.
Because when we think of a SWAT team...
We think of the most serious and deadly of crimes... right?
Well, it turns out that here in America...
SWAT teams can be deployed for the most unlikely of scenarios.
In 2015, Colorado officers blew up an innocent man's home while trying to get to an armed shoplifting suspect. More than 4 years later, a federal appeals court decided the property owner wasn't entitled to compensation to cover the wreckage, since police were preserving public safety, according to NPR.
Shocking, we know...
Well, it seems to have happened again more recently in Texas when an innocent woman's home was destroyed by a SWAT team deployed to hunt down an armed fugitive... and she was the one left with the $50,000 repair bill.
Yep, you really can't make this stuff up anymore!
And of course, it's gotten people talking.
Seventy-six-year-old Vicki Baker found herself in quite the predicament last year when she learned an armed fugitive was holed up in her home while she was out of town.
The fugitive was holding a fifteen-year-old girl hostage inside her home in McKinney, Texas, on July 25th, 2020, which resulted in her daughter calling the authorities.
But despite Baker pleading with officers to not destroy her property, things got well and truly out of hand.
During an hours long standoff with the fugitive and his hostage, SWAT officers resorted to shooting approximately thirty tear gas canisters into Baker's property...
Along with blowing up her garage door and driving an armoured vehicle over her fence, according to Vice.
Thankfully, the teenage hostage was able to escape unharmed...
But by the time officers stormed the property, the fugitive had taken his own life in Baker's bedroom.
Alongside the trauma of having a stranger die in her bedroom, Baker soon realized the extent of the damage done to her home.
Her belongings, some of them irreplaceable, were ruined by tear gas and her daughter's dog, which came running out of the home during the standoff, ended up nearly blind and completely deaf.
And while Baker had nothing to do with the events behind the police confrontation - she wasn't even in the state that day - she still suffered the punishment.
"There was 2 days that I couldn't get off the couch, that I cried," she said.
And to make things even worse, Baker had recently signed a contract to sell the property which, of course, immediately fell through following the incident.
The city of McKinney has refused to help her out financially and Baker's insurance provider told her it also wouldn't cover any destruction caused by the government.
Ultimately, the elderly woman was stuck with approximately $50,000 in damages.
Baker is now trying to reverse the trend of the government not taking responsibility for its destructive actions by suing the city of McKinney for damages, with the help of the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm.
"What I want is justice for everybody that this happens to," she said.
Baker was finally able to sell her home in December 2020.
Luckily, it was taken off the market very quickly, although some potential buyers were spooked by what had happened with the home, Baker said.
But she had to let it go for $10,000 below the asking price.
Thankfully, Baker is remaining positive.
"I knew there had to be a purpose behind it all," she said, "I have complete faith in God's judgment and God's timing. There's a reason for this lawsuit, and I don't think it's for me. I think it's for others."
We hope that the lawsuit goes Baker's way and she gets justice for the traumatic ordeal she and her family were forced to go through last year.