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Florida Sheriffs Confront Judge at Gunpoint During Burglary Confusion

Sheriffs ordered a judge out of a Florida home at gunpoint after they thought she was a burglar, only to find they had attended the wrong address, WTVJ reported Wednesday.

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. -- Sheriffs ordered a judge out of a Florida home at gunpoint after they thought she was a burglar, only to find they had gone to the wrong address, WTVJ reported Wednesday.

Broward Circuit Court Judge Ilona Holmes was ordered to come out with her hands up Easter Sunday when Broward Sheriff's Office deputies turned up at her sister's Deerfield Beach home at 8:20 p.m. local time following a report of a burglary.

The burglary report was for the home next door, but a bad address meant they turned up at the wrong place.

Holmes' sister Carmita Scarlett, who owns the Deerfield Beach home, said, "Do I feel safe? No, absolutely not. No, no. So much confusion, so much anger. So much, almost like, resentment. You know, 'you made the mistake and,' I told them, 'I'm the victim and you're upset with me?'"

The family had just finished their Easter dinner, and also sent an extra meal to a needy family who attend their church, when officers arrived at the property 41 miles north of Miami.

The caller had told police that the burglary was taking place at 235 Southwest 4th St. -- but there is no 235 on that street, only 236 and 230.

Officers saw someone in Scarlett's kitchen at number 230 washing the dishes and presumed he was a burglar. At the same time, Scarlett pulled down the kitchen window shade because a neighbor had warned her about a burglar on the loose.

Moments later Scarlett heard a tap on the window and saw a gun pointed at her. She screamed and Holmes, who carries a legal handgun, came into the kitchen and drew her weapon.

Holmes told officers who she was and warned them she was armed as the family came out of the home with their hands up.

A senior officer recognized the judge and ordered sheriffs to lower their guns.

Holmes and Broward Sheriff's Office declined to comment.

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