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Father: Raid on Petaluma house was confusing, terrifying

  • Victor Flores looks into his kitchen which was riddled with bullets during a raid by federal agents last Thursday. Photo taken in Petaluma, California on Monday, May 7, 2012. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Victor Flores said he was in the bathroom of his Petaluma home last week getting ready for work shortly after 4 a.m. when an explosion shattered the predawn silence, followed by a scream.

He immediately thought his wife was being attacked as she returned home after working the night shift, Flores said.

In fact, dozens of federal agents had converged on their McNeil Avenue house to arrest their oldest son, also named Victor Flores, and search the rental house as part of an investigation into a 2010 triple homicide in South San Francisco.

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The quiet neighborhood was awakened by loud bangs, presumably from flash-bang devices agents often use to distract a suspect as they enter a building.

Then the bullets started to fly.

When the gunfire ceased, three federal agents were wounded.

One of the family's two dogs, a boxer named Sassy, was dead.

The Flores' home was peppered with bullet holes, including one mere inches above the headboard on the bed where Flores' youngest son slept.

Flores, 57, said the May 3 raid was both confusing and terrifying.

"Nobody really knows what happened here," he said in an interview this week.


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