Reacting to a Police Raid

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

Coming home from work to see dozens of Rockford police officers swarming his home, David Tandara feared the worst case scenario for his uncle wanted for first degree murder.

"I was real concerned he could have taken his own life, or they would have bomb rushed him or shooting everywhere. Everyone's around, so there's nothing we could really do," Tandara said.

Tandara says he saw his uncle, Phonsavah Thammavongsa, early Saturday at this home on Kishwaukee Street. Before he left for work, Tandara admits his uncle discussed being at the scene where gunshots struck a North Carolina police officer.

"After my aunt told him why he was out here, that's when I found out. I asked him, and he told me the whole situation, the whole story of why he was out here, what's happening, the whole situation," Tandara said.

Police called Tandara in as possible communicator, but instead authorities decided to rush the home. Tandara wasn't surprised at the severity of the raid, based on the severity of his uncle's charge.

"He's getting charged for being at the scene; they're calling an attempted murder of an officer. When you say that anywhere he tried to kill a cop, and all cops are going to come at him with full force regardless," Tandara said.

And while he doesn't know which state his uncle is located, the 18-year-old is certain about the mental state of his wanted family member.

"He's paranoid and scared. Who wouldn't be? You are getting charged with attempted murder of a cop. All the cops are going to come down hard on you, regardless of where you're at," Tandara said.

It was a police raid which left authorities and family members still searching for answers, and a man wanted for attempted first degree murder.


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