SWAT team ransacks wrong Boynton house

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BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The SWAT team turned his house upside down looking for a man with a gun. Now, this Boynton Beach homeowner wants to know who is going to clean up the mess left behind.

"They kicked in the doors, pulled out the windows, the cabinets. They destroyed this man's house," said Alicia Jennings, a concerned neighbor.

Boynton Beach police say they were after a gun wielding neighbor, Patrick Maxwell. They say Maxwell got into an argument with his two girlfriends who had recently found out about his infidelity, and he shot off rounds at people. Witnesses told police that he had taken off running into Almond Butler's house across the street.

Butler wasn't sure if his neighbor actually entered his house or ran through his backyard, but, for safety reasons, police assumed he was still inside and blocked off a perimeter.

The SWAT team tried to get the suspect to come out. They broke windows and threw in tear gas before, finally, going in to get him. However, the suspect was not inside.

Butler now wants to know if the city will pay for what the SWAT team destroyed inside his house. "If they broke it, I have no money to fix it," said Almond Butler. "I can hardly pay the rent right now."

Boynton Beach's risk management office says they are investigating this case to see if the city is financially responsible for the damage. The city will contact the homeowner in a couple of days.