Iraq vet/Marine Jose Guerena’s family sues Pima County, AZ over SWAT raid killing.

Jose Guerena, a 26-year-old Marine and Iraq war veteran, was…

Jose Guerena, a 26-year-old Marine and Iraq war veteran, was killed May 5 when a SWAT team broke into his home a little after 9:30 a.m. According to Guerena’s wife, Vanessa (who was home at he time, along with their 4-year-old son), Guerena thought the police were home invaders. He ushered his family into a closet, then grabbed a rifle. When the police battered down the door, they saw Guerena and his rifle, and opened fire. The SWAT team released 70 rounds. Guerena didn’t fire a shot; the safety of his rifle was still on.

Last week, Arizona attorney Chris Scileppi filed notice of a $20 million lawsuit against Pima County, Ariz., on behalf of Guerena’s family. The lawsuit provides a good opportunity to look back at what has happened since since the morning of May 5.

Pima County police initially claimed the raid on Guerena’s home was part of a marijuana investigation. Days later, they said it was part of an investigation into a series of home invasions, including one that had claimed the lives of two of Vanessa Guerena’s relatives. Three weeks after the raid, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department released a number of documents related to that investigation.

Source: The Huffington Post

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  • Jay C.

    I’m glad to hear of the family’s lawsuit. I hope they are awarded all $20 million. This is a prime example of how unthoughtful, impatient, wreckless, careless this particular SWAT unit operates. This shows their impunity, blatant disregard for human life (in a man’s own house) based on their suspicions alone. Let’s turn the table, bust into the home of one of their own and see if the same behavior takes place. I still say too bad his safety was on. RIP Marine! RIP..