It happened in Greenwood Village, Colorado, after a suspected thief ran into Leo Lech’s home and took refuge there.
The cops weren't looking for a killer but rather a shoplifter who randomly chose to hide out in Lech’s home to flee authorities.
“They methodically went room by room and fired some sort of explosive into every room of this home,” Leo Lech told Inside Edition.
After a 19-hour standoff the suspect, Robert Jonathan Seacat, was captured and sentenced to 100 years in prison. The house was a total loss and had to be rebuilt.
A federal appeals court recently ruled the town is not responsible for any of the damages.
In a statement, officials defended the police, declaring, "This case was not about a shoplifter." The suspect was "armed" and tried to "run an officer over" and shot at cops "multiple times." He "barricaded himself in [and] refused to come out."
“Something has to be done, otherwise other families are gonna suffer the same fate as I did. It's inevitable,” Lech told Inside Edition.