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Owner of home searched for investigation into Ferguson shooting may sue police

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The woman who lives in a home searched by police following the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson said the SWAT team search left her 6-year-old son traumatized.

Authorities searched Iresha Turner's home Thursday. Her house is located very close to the Ferguson Police Department, where two officers who were patrolling a protest were shot early Thursday morning. Turner said she believes police thought she might be involved in the shooting because she was at the protest and decided to drive away when she heard shots.

Turner's attorney said she could not be the suspect because of where the shots came from.

“The shot itself came from a much further distance than where she was standing. It is impossible for her to be the shooter,” said attorney Phillip Dennis.

When officers entered her home to begin the search, Turner thought she was going to be shot.

“He (an officer) got a beam pointed at my chest. I'm like ‘please don't shoot me,” Turner said. “I'm crying. I said ‘Please, I'm going to come out.”

A SWAT was on her home's roof and officers set up along the street. Officers broke in the door. Turner's attorneys believe police were searching for the weapon used in the shooting. Inside with Turner was her 6-year-old son a man named Lamont Underwood. Turner said police questioned her extensively.

“I was in the room for three hours before being interrogated and I was willing to say whatever they wanted to hear to get up out of there,” Turner said. “Why are you talking to me? Why are you treating me like a suspect, I didn't do anything.”

Police detained Turner, Underwood, and another man for several hours. All were let go and not charged. Turner is upset she and the others were detained in the first place, saying her home was wrecked and her son was traumatized.

“He doesn't want to come back here so we might have to go to a shelter,” Turner said.

Dennis said St. Louis County Police should pay for the damage to Turner's home. He also said St. Louis County should pay for counseling for Turner and her children.

“You burst into the home of an innocent person and point guns at them and take them out in handcuffs in front of their child. I think you should be responsible for the emotional harm that it has caused,” Dennis said.

Dennis has not filed a lawsuit against St. Louis County Police. He told News 4 he will speak to the department's legal counsel to see if it will voluntarily pay for damages and counseling.

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