Over several decades, William Holmes opened his door to more than 200 foster children, but this is the first time in his 90 years that police have forced their way in.
The man that police sought, Edgar Holmes, was wanted for threatening his former girlfriend with her life, but there was a problem.
"They came here to basically search for a ghost because my brother passed away in 2011," said Edgar's sister, Mary Burnett, as she displayed a copy of the death certificate.
It was the same document the family had presented to sheriff's deputies and police officers on two other occasions when they stopped by the house in the week leading up to the raid.
"I said, 'What are you doing here?' He said, 'Don't worry about it. Let's go,'" recalled William Holmes.
Police refused to go on camera, but tell us they decided to break down the door when they spotted a light on and movement upstairs as well as Edgar Holmes' truck outside.
"When I said to the police officer, 'My brother is deceased,' he said, 'Well, they didn't open the door for us,'" said another of Edgar's sisters, Pat Brown.
Tragically, that movement was Anthony, a 49-year old adopted foster son with the comprehension of a 6-year old and that truck belongs to Edgar's brother who lives two doors down.
"At his age, for the police department to come and for him to be startled and them to stand above him while he's in bed not knowing what's going on or what's happening, they could have gave him a heart attack, and we'd have had a totally different story going on here," said Burnett, "It really needs to stop."
Internal Affairs is now looking into the matter, and the family says since our inquiry, police have been more receptive about getting the city to pay for their damaged front door.