A Florida family of three is thankful to be alive after two police officers opened fire on the wrong home early Saturday morning.
It was close to 1 a.m. when the Ocoee homeowner heard a loud banging on his front door as his wife and 12-year-old son slept.
The man, who preferred to remain anonymous, told WFTV 9 he grew concerned after the people knocking refused to identify themselves, and at that point proceeded to retrieve his firearm, believing a burglar was at the door.
Next, the man says he saw a bright light through one of his windows before hearing someone yell, “Gun!”
“That’s when bullets started flying,” reports WFTV.
“Two bullets flew past the man’s head, and more bullets pierced walls and shattered glass windows,” according to the homeowner, who says he, his wife and 12-year-old son were on the floor praying not to be shot.
Police say they are investigating what the two officers were doing at the residence.
“Upon arrival, a person was confronted and shots were fired,” Ocoee police Sgt. Bob Rivera said in a statement. “The investigation is ongoing by The Florida Department of Law enforcement.”
WFTV reports the officers involved, Carlos Anglero and Stephanie Roberts, were already under internal investigation.
Incredibly, and despite the homeowner never firing a shot, the man says his family was handcuffed and ordered to sit on the curb while investigators went through their home.
The family alleges police prohibited them from re-entering their home for another 10 hours.
Adding insult to injury, the man says he has yet to receive an explanation, let alone an apology from police.
Written by Adan Salazar