Sevier County Couple Sues Law Enforcement

Published on May 22, 2013 at 11:20AM

A Richfield couple are suing Sevier County Law Enforcement after officers broke into their home at gunpoint, only to find they had entered the wrong house. Christopher and Kim Dettle say police entered their home on December 18, 2012, and forced them to the ground at gunpoint, allegedly causing them injuries. After officers asked about their intended target, Christopher informed them she lived down the street. After confirming the address, the officers realized they were in the wrong house. On Monday, the couple filed a federal lawsuit against the Richfield Police Department, the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, and the Utah Highway Patrol. Jutin Heideman, the Dettles’ attorney, said they don’t know yet the extent of which the three agencies were involved that night. The Dettles allege that their house number, displayed on the outside of the home, was clearly lit. An officer also had parked in front of their mailbox with his headlights illuminating their address. The alleged injuries listed in the lawsuit include a back condition that was worsened, a cut hand requiring stitches, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The law enforcement agencies involved declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.