Oops! Wrong Door! Footage Shows Marshals Holding Young Mother, Baby At Gunpoint 

“Jamar,” the murder suspect U.S. Marshals were looking for was not in Kada Staples’ Tampa apartment, nor was he ever. 

The young mother presumably never met the man the feds were looking for. 

But they were at her door with guns last Friday, insisting, “We know he’s in there.”  

“I cracked the door open and they pushed the door open and pushed me and my baby out of the way. They are holding us at gunpoint screaming. There is a gun about a foot away from her face,” Staples told local news affiliate Fox8 in a recent interview.

The Marshals kept yelling, “We know Jamar is in there.”

“With that, they run in my apartment. There’s probably six or seven of them out there with guns. Three or four of them run into my apartment and are running around. They are still yelling at me that I’m lying,” said Staples.

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Clearly, they were at the wrong location.  Once the Marshals realized they had made a mistake, they left in a hurry.  

Staples claims that they didn’t apologize for scaring the daylights out of her.  

“No sorry, no nothing. They tell me, ‘You’re good,’ and another one said, ‘You’re fine,’” said Staples.

Staples placed a follow-up call with the U.S. Marshals Service in the hopes that they could provide her with a mental health counselor to help her cope with the anxiety triggered by the encounter.  

She told Fox8 that the operator on the phone told her to pop a melatonin and “get over it.”  

No word yet if the Marshals who were at the scene will face any disciplinary action for getting it wrong.  

This raises the question, should they be punished for making a mistake that evidently traumatized Ms. Staples? 

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  • skipNclair October 31, 2021, 4:58 pm

    Let’s give her and her family $450,000 dollars but let’s make sure the money comes from a deduction from the budget and pockets of the Marshals . When these goons have to pay for their evil maybe they will think twice before they act. My bad I said think, that is why they are the way they are, they are incapable of having a thought process.

  • DAVID INGRAM October 30, 2021, 11:54 am

    Nobody is held responsible for anything until they are sued. $88 million settlement this week for one of their screwups and “we the people” are the ones who get to pay it.

  • RENO October 30, 2021, 3:04 am

    THANK GOD THAT LT MICHEAL BYRD WASN’T THERE( THE SCUM THAT MURDERED ASHLI BABBITT IN DC ON JAN 6 2021

  • interventor October 29, 2021, 9:08 pm

    Revenge is sweet. Unleash the lawyers upon them.

  • Eric Holder October 29, 2021, 6:55 pm

    I kneel before you Lucifer and pray a similar situation occurs to these Marshall’s when they are retired and those law enforcement professionals shoot and kill your daughter. Have a great day!

  • Phil October 29, 2021, 4:15 pm

    Why no coordination with the County Sheriff?

  • FirstStateMark October 29, 2021, 3:17 pm

    That’s it?! They just run away after pointing guns at innocent people. No apology , no seeing if the people who were terrorized were OK? Those fucking bastards. Poor excuses for human beings. All should be sued for terroristic threatening.

    • Hyok Kim October 29, 2021, 10:05 pm

      Didn’t they commit assault with deadly weapons?

  • Dave October 29, 2021, 2:13 pm

    Sue the crap out of them. She’s lucky these assholes didn’t shoot her dog just for kicks.

  • Steve R October 29, 2021, 1:58 pm

    Unfortunately, this kind of “mistake” is not all that rare. Most of the time, the fault lies with people further up the food chain than the officers involved in the raid. Whether it’s an overzealous supervisor more interested in taking advantage of a perceived tactical advantage, or a failed or miscommunication with the detectives assigned to the case, the problem exists and rarely are those responsible held accountable; probably because of their rank.

    as for the comments about not hanging out with thugs and you won’t have that problem. This is categorically untrue. There are simply too many situations involving a rushed and botched raid because of a failure of the SWAT team to wait for the detective to verify the address. the result can be tragic, especially if the law-abiding resident responds to a no-knock raid as a home invasion, which is what it is. Teh same ti true for a raid that “knocks”, but follows up with forced entry before a reasonable person would respond.

    It’s obvious in this case that the SWAT was wrong. At the wrong address, had the wrong info, etc. As a result, the SWAT team and especially the decision makers involved, should be accountable.

    • Phil October 29, 2021, 4:12 pm

      So – did the County Sheriff get notified there would be a raid by the feds? If not, why not? Isn’t the Sheriff the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in the County? Wasn’t the woman on private property in the state? That would be the first call I’d make afterwards to file a complaint. Then an attorney to sue them. All the comments and only one about Constitution violations.

  • Stan d. Upnow October 29, 2021, 12:39 pm

    Some years ago, I remember an incident in FL where something very similar occurred, only with very different results. The cops kicked-in the door to a home in the middle of the night and rushed in. They very quickly worked back to the bedroom where the resident was just waking after hearing all the noise. In the dark, he reached for the pistol on his nightstand, undoubtedly thinking a criminal home invasion was taking place. Several cops who had entered the bedroom flashed their weapon lights on him and then let loose volleys from their AR-15’s. The guy was killed in his bed instantly.
    Guess what? Wrong address!!
    That horrific incident got about 30 seconds coverage from the news media, then the reporting was quashed. No one was ever reported to be held responsible for what amounted to the murder of an innocent man.
    The victim was white. What do you think would have occurred in the aftermath if he was black?

    • Dave October 29, 2021, 2:11 pm

      Feds get away with murder quite often. Most recent that we know of? Ashley Babbitt. They are doing nothing. Never did anything about Lavoisier Finicom. FBI murderer walked free from Ruby Ridge, they all walked from killing how many in Waco? I’m sure there are a lot more no one ever heard of. Be a Fed and Murder at will.

    • Eric Holder October 29, 2021, 7:00 pm

      The black community would have taken action and actually did something. The white community would have done this: “we are the law abiding community and thank you for your service, we love murders”. Lmao. White’s talk crap.

  • swimmer October 29, 2021, 12:30 pm

    An honest mistake. Numbers on doors can be really confusing. Better charge her anyway with something just in case she tries to sue.

  • Mzbarsk October 29, 2021, 12:21 pm

    Government pigs. More reason to hate them.

    • Jeff October 29, 2021, 3:07 pm

      Whoa, tin foil hat alert!

      • Hondo November 9, 2021, 3:19 am

        Dumb ass alert !

  • Dexter Winslett October 29, 2021, 12:02 pm

    Do not harbor thugs. You will not have police searching for one there.

    • Stan d. Upnow October 29, 2021, 12:47 pm

      Stupid assumption, Dexter. Apparently, they had the wrong address; no “thug” present.
      Cops act on tips from informants regularly. Sometimes they’re good, sometimes bad. It’s the cops’ responsibility to verify those tips before taking action like this.

      I’ll bet you’re a staunch supporter of Red Flag laws, right?

    • Blasted Cap October 29, 2021, 1:02 pm

      Obviously she wasn’t. Especially since they were at the wrong freaking address. Or didn’t you read, or more likely not comprehend, the story.

    • Dave October 29, 2021, 2:16 pm

      Suffer reading comprehension there genius?

  • Linc Qimiq October 29, 2021, 12:00 pm

    Mistake = NO EXCUSE!!

  • Tim October 29, 2021, 11:53 am

    Trauma counseling Lol! Really you need Trauma counseling because the police held you at gun point until they discovered there was no suspect in your home, that they made an error. Seems everyone is a snowflake these days Traumatized by the least little thing. What would these people do in a fox hole with rounds coming in, curl up in the fetal position and scream for a counselor. What about when some dirt bag high on bath salts is trying to take their life, would they even try to defend themselves. “Pop a melatonin and get over it” was funny and the appropriate response to this situation imho. LOL!

    • Stan d. Upnow October 29, 2021, 12:56 pm

      A young mother, with babe in arms, gets traumatized by armed cops bursting into her home screaming in her face with guns pointed at her and her baby. And you, jackass, have the nerve to belittle her situation. I’d love to see your reaction in a similar situation. Probably crawl into a corner sucking your thumb and crying. Tim, you are a flaming A-Hole!!

      • Tim October 29, 2021, 7:22 pm

        Stan d upnow, I fear there are bad times in America’s future. People need to grow some hard bark. As the stores run dry on food, inflation continues to climb and we spiral further into lawlessness it’s going to take hard resourceful people to make it. I don’t think people that rely on trauma counseling will fair all that well. I feel they will be a liability to themselves and others. As for your comments about me. I have had several attempts by people hell bent on doing me harm. I will be ok. However, I am sorry that my opinion traumatized you so. Lol!

  • allonright October 29, 2021, 9:36 am

    What ever happened to innocent until PROVEN guilty? Just because a news story reaches the television (or computer screen), doesn’t automatically mean it’s factual, true and includes ALL the details. Reserve judgement until all the facts are known. Then mete out justice as warranted. To do otherwise goes against the very foundation on what our country was built; try to remember the US Constitution.

  • Clint W. October 29, 2021, 9:15 am

    I have a friend that made some bad choices on mates, and as she works herself out of her situation, she lives in a apartment complex that is for those with minimal income. The Social Services Dept, and the Police are used as a method of revenge to anyone that is not liked or is white in a mostly black complex. You can call social services anonymously and say you saw a mother hitting her kids, or call the police and say so and so was dealing drugs, and that unleashes a torrent of officials that have to react to that anonymous complaint as accurate. Around here at least, they do ask questions, get information, before a military assault is attempted, because they know that those anonymous tips, while having to be checked out, in certain areas are bogus 95% of the time. Apparently the Marshal Service is not that bright.

  • Bob Osos October 29, 2021, 9:10 am

    By the comments above its obvious that most of all of your know nothing about tracking fugitives.

    Before a Fugitive Team enters a Home the Police have VALIDATED information that;
    1) Suspect lives there;
    2) Suspect’s Relatives live there and the Suspect frequently stays there;
    3) Suspect has a person living at the home helping him avoid capture.

    Wait until the internal investigation is concluded instead of a Report’s version of the events to form your opinion

    • Pantexan October 29, 2021, 7:07 pm

      Evidently not!! They were just a bunch of assholes with your incorrect information. Sue them, get the ACLU involved. This kind of shit needs to stop!!

  • Slim October 29, 2021, 9:01 am

    Any costs this lady has for treatment etc. they should be responsible for. The phone person who was diagnosing treatment over the phone with the really bad attitude should be fired and prosecuted. All should receive discipline and the snitch, who may have provided bad info, should be prosecuted. Simply trying to write this off as a mistake is not enough. Seems like they are trying for a new Ruby Ridge incident. To many times cops and federal officers are getting by with the mistake excuse.

  • Unobtrusive October 29, 2021, 8:57 am

    Yeah, I completely agree. These guys screwed up. WWJD? What would Jocko do?
    Take responsibility, own the error. Provide any comfort you can. 80% of the population will never have a gun pulled on them and that’s a good thing. With law enforcement already facing increasing scrutiny, the best option would to have apologized, provided a supervisor’s contact, and allowed this lady the chance calm down. No excuse for this ridiculous behavior.

  • Mark Brickey October 29, 2021, 8:50 am

    Depends. Did the SWAT team misread the address? Or, as has happened other times, who verified the information? Who was in charge of confirmation?

  • Phillip DeWitt October 29, 2021, 8:46 am

    I look at those men and don’t see US Marshals, they could be street trash. Marshals should wear uniforms or neat clothing.

    • Jeff October 29, 2021, 3:09 pm

      They are most likely local police who are deputized marshals as part of a fugitive task force.

    • jam3116 October 30, 2021, 11:42 am

      You are spot on with your comment. I understand their need to dress casually when investigating but when serving a warrant why can’t they wear uniforms. Anyone can buy a vest and a police patch to put on it. Guess they wouldn’t look as cool if they had to wear uniforms. The first thing she should have done is call 911 and keep them on the phone. Not that 911 could have done anything to protect her if these were really people intended to do her harm. This could have turned out very bad for everyone had they encountered someone who took their self defense seriously.

  • Armed and Dangerous October 29, 2021, 8:14 am

    Yes, these guys should be disciplined, however it goes further than that. There needs to be an investigation into wether they were given the wrong address or wether they misread the address. If in fact they were given the wrong address the hammer should fall on the higher ups responsible for sending them there, and hard.

  • Bill Bronaugh October 29, 2021, 7:13 am

    Well theyre not men, are they? Theyre gestapo robots of the State.

    • Jeff October 29, 2021, 3:10 pm

      Your tin foil hat must be extra thick…

      • Hondo November 8, 2021, 8:05 am

        Jeff your childish snips add nothing to this conversation, how about you run along and let grown ups talk.

  • Jd October 29, 2021, 6:51 am

    The answer to “Should they be punished?” is really simple; this is their profession. They are highly trained professionals and as such should know what they are doing at all times, this includes their failure to properly identify the place prior to any actions. They should not get Qualified Immunity and should be prosecuted under the law the same as any other person that invades a home with weapons. There are consequences for one’s actions and allowing them to walk away without consequences is WRONG and clearly violates the 4th and 14th.

  • Dr Motown October 29, 2021, 6:44 am

    I am sure the Marshall’s Office has a shrink on retainer….the honorable thing would be to apologize face-to-face and offer her some counseling sessions. Such callous attitudes don’t help the perception of law enforcement and leed to lawsuits and costly settlements that we pay for

    • Karl October 29, 2021, 9:11 am

      Actions like this give more justification to the defund the police movement.

    • Stan d. Upnow October 29, 2021, 1:12 pm

      All this woman asked for was a little help processing through that traumatic incident. And all she got was refusal and scorn.
      Compare that to the Obiden administration planning to give ILLEGALS, who were temporarily separated from a child during processing, a whopping $450,000 PER PERSON in “compensation.”

  • Blasted Cap October 29, 2021, 6:28 am

    Because it’s so hard for, what was there, 7, 8 guys on hand, to look at the door number before hand. A 4 year old would have done that. That’s just one reason they don’t wear body cams.
    Idiots.

  • Daddy October 29, 2021, 6:14 am

    Start shooting tyrants and their gestapo, and soon there will be no more tyrants.

  • Tyler Rogers October 29, 2021, 4:53 am

    This woman got off easy. Bullshit like this is why I no longer in any shape form or fashion “back the blue”. They have earned the hate.

    • Jeff October 29, 2021, 3:11 pm

      Gotten a lot of tickets have you?

  • SuperG October 28, 2021, 8:50 am

    It’s a tough job, with lives in jeopardy, and I could not do it. But after the raid, once it has been established they erred, at least have the honor to apologize like real men.

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