Shattered glass and boarded up doors and windows are reminders of what happened right next door to Coni Cabot’s Phoenix house back in May.
“My next door neighbor just totally lost control of himself,” said Cabot.
Cabot came home to chaos. “There was a SWAT team, two firetrucks, ambulance, a tank,” she described.
Police needed to use her backyard to restore some order.
“‘But don’t worry about it, because the city would pay for it,'” the police assured her.
Hours later, her neighbor was in police custody. The scene was cleared, but her fence was damaged in the front and the back.
Cabot described how part of the fence was lying on the ground and that she thinks the police may have backed into it. Confident that the city would take responsibility, she got an estimate – $1,100 for fence repairs. She submitted her claim, but it was rejected twice.
“They said that the police acted diligently. I like police and I like what they do, but I was led to believe it would be all taken care of,” said Cabot.
That’s when Cabot reached out to ABC15, who contacted the City of Phoenix. They asked why the city wouldn’t be responsible.
A few days later, an email came back to the news station, saying “the claim was reconsidered and the damages to the fence will be paid by the city.”
“I just want to feel safe,” said Cabot.
Cabot says she got a call from the city and police and they let her know they’re cutting her a check, which she hopes to use quickly.
“Right now – this is not a secure situation,” said Cabot.
Arizona state law only gives you 180 days to file a claim against a public entity.