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Homeowner files lawsuit over damage caused by police during Auburn shooter search

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The owner of a Montgomery home that was badly damaged during the search for an Auburn shooting suspect is suing the city and federal government.

Yakemi Ward filed the lawsuit over reportedly thousands of dollars in damages to her house when officers were attempting to locate Desmonte Leonard in June 2012. Among other things, the suit says officers fired tear gas canisters and punched holes in ceilings during the failed search at the home.

Authorities have refused to pay for damage, which Ward estimates at $127,000.

Leonard later surrendered and was charged in a shooting that left three people dead in Auburn, including two former Tigers' football players. He remains in jail awaiting trial.

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