JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — An Arlington family is distraught after the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office raided their home in search for a suspect who was not there.
At around 11 a.m., Police and SWAT surrounded a home along Shady Oaks Drive in Arlington Manor in search for a man with an active warrant.
Dozens of homes were placed on lockdown as officers used what appeared to be tear gas to coax out a suspect. Authorities cleared the scene at around 3 p.m.
"Before all this happened, I seen at least six of them and they actually came into my house and asked me questions," said neighbor Jamey Dames. "They were locked and loaded looking like Call of Duty."
Neighbors told First Coast News no one was arrested, but the family inside the home was distressed upon discovering upon returning to the house.
JSO said the house suffered minor damage from the search and that there was reason to believe the suspect was hiding there.
Neighbors said he lived at the home with his parents but has been estranged from them for a long time.
A neighbor, Jamey Dames, told First Coast News he had tried mentoring Exantus, but to no avail.
"We tried to talk to him and get his life in order," he said. "After a while, he just kept making left turns instead of right turns."
Police said a city insurance adjuster was contacted and will work with the homeowner to repair any damage caused by JSO.
JSO said the search was not connected to a murder that happened down the street just two days prior.
Stay with First Coast News as this story develops