Deadly SWAT raid: County reaches settlement with slain Marine vet's family
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Shots rang out in May 2011 when Pima County SWAT served a search warrant at the home of Jose Guerena. It's a nightmare that started with sirens and a booming voice. Now two years later, it will end with a significant settlement deal.
"Police, search warrant, open the door," a SWAT team member is heard shouting in audio provided by the Pima County Sheriffs Department back in 2011.
Minutes later, SWAT sees U.S. marine vet Jose Guerena standing at the door holding an assault rife. They open fire, 72 rounds in just seven seconds.
"Gunshots, like boom, boom, boom, and screaming get out of the house," described one witness back on May 5, 2011.
Twenty-two bullets hit and killed Guerena. It left a wife frantic and a family wondering why?
"The only thing he [Guerena's son] asks me is, 'is my dad bad, police killed my dad, what did my dad did'"said Guerena's wife Vanessa in a May 2011 interview with 9OYS.
The Pima County Attorney's office cleared the SWAT team of any criminal wrongdoing. But Thursday, vindication of sorts in the two-year civil battle with area law enforcement agencies over what happened that day.
"The amount reached is a clear indication that the defendants in this case take responsibility, assume liability for their bad acts that day," said Guerena family attorney Christopher Scileppi.
The exact figure isn't public yet, but Scileppi says the money will help a family move forward.
"She can truly begin the healing process," said Scileppi.
More importantly, Scileppi believes the settlement will show the public Guerena isn't the criminal law enforcement made him out to be.
"He isn't going to be looked at as a drug trafficker, but as a decorated marine who came back and became a great family man, " said Scileppi.
This deal isn't official until the court and the Pima County Board of Supervisors approve it. That is expected to happen at their September 17th meeting. 9OYS reached out to the sheriff's department today for comment on the deal, but neither their attorney or anyone with the department wanted to speak with us. They say they will wait until the deal is approved in a few weeks.