Arizona Marine Killed in Botched Police Raid

On the morning of May 5, several teams of Pima County, Arizona police officers armed with SWAT gear raided four homes in an alleged marijuana trafficking raid. One of the homes entered by law enforcement officials belonged to Jose Guerena, a Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq. At the time of the raid, Guerena was home with his wife, Vanessa, and their four-year-old son. The couple’s six-year-old son was at school.

As the SWAT team entered the home, Guerena told his wife and son to hide in the hall closet while he armed himself with his AR-15 rifle. Guerena confronted the police, who in turn opened fire and released more than 70 rounds in about 7 seconds. It is estimated that 60 rounds struck Guerena. He was pronounced dead one hour later.

Although Pima County Sherriff’s Department officials initially reported that Guerena opened fire, they now admit that he did not fire and that the safety on his gun had not been released. After the shooting, police escorted Guerena’s wife and son out of their home, but did not allow paramedics to enter. Guerena was left alone to bleed to death in his hallway.

Guerena had no prior criminal record and nothing illegal was found in his home.

For the complete story, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/25/jose-guerena-arizona-_n_867020.html.

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