ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The St. Louis home where Isaiah Hammett was shot and killed by police earlier this year was raided Tuesday morning.
Police officers and the FBI were seen outside the home in the 5400 block of South Kingshighway during the early morning hours.
The home’s residents said a ‘flash-bang’ device was thrown into a children’s bedroom and the front door was kicked in. Family members say children were sleeping at the time. Residents also said authorities told them the home had been under surveillance for a week.
Police told News 4 two men were arrested. They also reportedly recovered stolen property and multiple firearms from the home. The family members who live in the home say neither of the suspects arrested live at the house, but they sometimes stay there.
That detail, coupled with the show of force police used, has family members asking if such a display was necessary.
"So it raises a lot of questions about why they needed to effect such forceable raid at this house at this time," said John Chasnoff with the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression. "[Police] could have picked up these kids on the street or at their permanent residence, without re-traumatizing this family here this morning."
In June, Hammett, 21, was shot and killed while exchanging gunfire with SWAT team members who were executing a search warrant for illegal narcotics and drugs at the house, according to police. After the fatal shooting, Hammett's family told News 4 he was shot by police while trying to protect his grandfather inside the home.
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