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Joplin tenant voices concern over SWAT damage

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On October 9th, Joplin Police and S.W.A.T. team responded to a home on south McKinley after receiving information that armed and dangerous subject, Joseph Shane Endicott, was there.

"Obviously when we're dealing with somebody that has a past history, especially a recent history involving firearms, we want to take every precaution we can," said Lt. Matt Stewart.

Upon receiving a signed consent from the home's tenant to search, authorities took action to extract Endicott from the house.

"There was damage to the home when we were inserting gas to the home," said Stewart.

Vicky Parker, the home's tenant, says she is upset over the damage, which includes broken windows and shattered glass.

"They've made my house completely unlivable. I have to move things out, I have to find another place to live."

Joplin Police, following protocol, left Parker with a claim form on scene that she can turn into the city to potentially help with cleanup.

"There's a process to go through and the city reviews that to determine whether we would be responsible for the damages that were caused," said Stewart.

Officials also left her a list of specialized cleaning services.  

But Parker says these options do not offer immediate help.

"They said I have to have everything dry cleaned, it can't be washed," said Parker. "And the home has to be heated to 95 degrees. It's hard to do that when every window in your home has been broken out."

Joplin police officials say it is their goal to cause the least amount of damage as possible in these situations.

"However we want to make sure our officers are safe when they are doing their operation," said Stewart.

Joplin Police say they called in the fire department after the incident to help alleviate the tear gas.

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