A federal court of appeal ruled that a homeowner did not owe any compensation from the police after a SWAT team destroyed his home in Colorado in an impasse with an armed shoplifter and the property left a total loss.
Leo Lech complained after the police in Greenwood gas ammunition and 40 millimeter rounds through the windows of his house in the June 2015 impasse with the shoplifter who had barricaded himself inside.
Cops even went as far as driving an armored vehicle through the doors, threw in flash-bang grenades and exploded explosives into the walls of the property.
A federal court of appeal ruled that Leo Lech did not owe any compensation from the police after a SWAT team destroyed his home in Colorado (pictured) in an impasse with an armed shoplifter and left the property a total loss
Robert Jonathan Seacat, 33, (photo) is said to have shot officers when they went to arrest him for shoplifting in a Walmart in neighboring Aurora. Seacat then randomly ran into Leo Lech's house in Greenwood, and departed a 19-hour stalemate with the police
Leo Lech (photo) had estimated his losses at around $ 250,000 after the end of the stalemate and filed civil proceedings to claim damages
Lech, who had estimated his losses at around $ 250,000 and filed civil proceedings to claim damages, was told he would get nothing from a panel of three judges before the US Court of Appeal for the 10th circuit on Tuesday, reports the Washington Post.
Unlike the impending domain, where municipalities purchase real estate to make way for public development and projects, the police cannot be held liable for the costs of losses incurred while enforcing the law, the court ruled in a unanimous decision.
& # 39; It only shows that they can blow up your house, throw you on the street and say: & # 39; See you later. Do it & # 39 ;, Lech told the Post. & # 39; What has happened to us should never happen in this country. & # 39;
The stalemate expired on June 3, 2015, after police and SWAT officers attempted to capture Robert Jonathan Seacat, 33, who allegedly shot officers when they went to arrest him for shoplifting at a Walmart in neighboring Aurora.
Seacat randomly ran into Lech & # 39; s house in Greenwood, and left a 19-hour stalemate with police, including the massive attack on the site.
A nine-year-old boy was inside during the shooting. Police officers and the child's mother, who is engaged to the son of Lech, quickly brought the child safely out of the house.
Lech was cruel to the destruction of the house that he had bought for his son John two years earlier.
When he did the damage, at the time Lech looked horrified at gaping holes where once there were windows and walls.
A SWAT team fired gas ammunition and 40 millimeter laps through the windows of Leo Lech & # 39; s house in the June 2015 impasse with an armed shoplifter who had barricaded himself inside
The inside of the house (photo) was exposed even with artwork on the walls of a bedroom
& # 39; There was one gunman with guns and they chose to turn this house into something similar to the Osama Bin Laden compound & # 39 ;, he said then, the police & # 39; criminals & # 39; branding for what they had done to the house.
& # 39; They have methodically shot explosives in every room in this house to extract one person. Admittedly, he had a gun, but against 100 officers?
Weet You know, the best thing is to evacuate these houses here, to ensure the safety of homeowners here, to throw some tear gas through the windows.
& # 39; If that didn't work, you broke 50 SWAT officers with a bulletproof vest & # 39 ;.
The inside of the house was exposed and even showed artwork on the walls of the nine-year-old boy's bedroom.
Lech had always expected his insurance to pay for repairs. Greenwood had even given him $ 5,000 for the deductible and to cover the relocation costs.
But his son had no rental insurance and property inside were irreparably damaged, Lech said. Among the destroyed items was his great-great-grandmother's wedding ring.
& # 39; It has survived two world wars, OK, but it did not survive the paramilitary operation of the American police & # 39 ;, Lech joked after the end of the impasse.
Three years later, Lech said that his cash expenses to rebuild the house had cost him nearly $ 400,000. & # 39; This has destroyed our lives, & # 39; he said to the Post. The homeowner said he can still bring his case before the US Supreme Court.
Greenwood municipal and police officials did not respond immediately when DailyMail.com contacted on Wednesday.
The police responded earlier to the impasse.
& # 39; My mission is to get that person out of the closet unharmed and to ensure that my team and everyone else, including the community, go home unscathed & # 39 ;, said Greenwood Village Police Commander Dustin Varney in 2015, KUSA.
& # 39; Sometimes that means property being damaged and I'm sorry & # 39 ;.
The Greenwood Village Police (pictured outside the Lech house after the 2015 stalemate) was found by a court of appeal and not liable for the losses suffered during law enforcement
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