Raw video: PCSD video shows SWAT raid and shooting
Raw video of the May 5 2011 SWAT team raid that killed former U.S. Marine Jose Guerena Video by kgun9.comvideo
Notes by: Forrest Carr
Late Thursday afternoon the Pima County Sheriff's Department, responding to public records requests, released video and documents related to the shooting of Jose Guerena. Guerena died on May 5 when a SWAT team arrived at his Pima County home to serve a search warrant. The SWAT team's attorney has said that when the team broke down the door, they saw Guerena standing there with a rifle and that he said, "I've got something for you." The team then opened fire. The Sheriff's Department revealed earlier that the team expended 71 rounds.
The family has said that Guerena had 60 bullet wounds. On Friday afternoon a spokespreson for the Medical Examiner's office told KGUN9 News their report, once it's issued, will show only 22 wounds.
Guerena's wife Vanessa told KGUN9 News that she and her husband never knew the men breaking into her home were SWAT officers. SWAT attorney Mike Storie has said that the team came in with sirens blaring and properly identified themselves.
Among the items the Sheriff's Department released Thursday was a clip of video showing the raid in progress. The video shows that the team did use a siren for about eight seconds, then stopped. Officers ram the door open, enter and shortly after the shooting occurs and a SWAT officer is seen falling down. Storie said previously that the team at first thought that Guerena had fired and that one of their men had been hit. It was later learned that Guerena never fired.
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