an assault rifle at officers
On May 12, 3:57 pm, Jonathan <jonathanashle...@lavabit.com> wrote:
> *SWAT Murders Iraq War Vet Jose Guerena*
> MAY 5, 2011 - The original version of the story...
> SWAT Team Fatally Shoots Man In South Tucson
> Associated Press - May 5, 2011 9:04 PM ET
> TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a man fatally
> shot by a Pima County Sheriff's Department tactical team while they were
> serving a search warrant at a South Tucson home.
> Sheriff's officials say 26-year-old Jose Guerena was pronounced dead at
> the scene of Thursday morning's brief shootout.
> They say Guerena's wife and 4-year-old son were in the home at the time
> of the shooting and escaped injury.
> _Deputy Jason Ogan says Guerena shot at SWAT team members with an AR-15
> assault rifle before they returned fire._
> _SWAT team members were holding up shields and weren't injured by
> Guerana's shots._
> Ogan won't release details of search warrant or say what authorities
> were looking for.
> No other law enforcement was involved in the warrant service.
> MAY 9, 2011 - New details emerge...
> *SWAT Team Fatal Shooting Update: Suspect Did Not Fire Weapon*
> Reporter: Jessica Chapin
> TUCSON (KGUN9- TV) - The Pima County Sheriff's Department is releasing
> new information in the May 5 officer involved shooting case that
> resulted in 26-year-old Jose Guerona's death.
> _Further investigation reveals Guerena did not shoot at the deputies
> before they returned fire. _
> The SWAT Team shot and killed Guerena Thursday morning after he pointed
> an assault rifle at officers who were trying to deliver a warrant. The
> rifle had the safety on, but was loaded.
> Guerena's wife and 4-year-old son were also at home but they were not
> The sheriff's department is still investigating.
> MAY 11, 2011 - More details available...
> *Medical Care Blocked For Man Killed By SWAT*
> Reporter: Craig Smith
> Web Producer: Layla Tang
> TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - 9 On Your Side has uncovered startling new
> information in the case of a man SWAT team members killed May 5.
> Medical attention was standing by to try to save Jose Guereï¿½a.
> Paramedics waited more than an hour.
> Then deputies sent them away
> By then, Guereï¿½a was dead.
> The Pima Sheriff's Department said its SWAT team was trying to serve
> warrants for a drug investigation. According to deputies, when SWAT
> members broke open the door at Guereï¿½a's house they found him crouched
> in the hall, with an assault rifle pointed at them.
> They concede now Guereï¿½a didn't shoot, but five deputies did, firing off
> 71 rounds.
> His wife Vanessa was hiding in the closet with their 4-year-old son
> during the shooting. When she emerged, she saw her husband on the floor
> in a pool of blood, but still alive. Vanessa told KGUN9 she called 911
> and pleaded with deputies to treat his wounds.
> "The only thing I told them was take care of him, take him to a
> hospital," she said.
> KGUN9 News requested the emergency call records for Drexel Heights Fire
> Rescue. The 911 call center notified Drexel Heights at 9:43 a.m. A
> unit arrived just two minutes later at 9:45. However, deputies told
> rescue workers to stay put. That's standard to be sure they won't walk
> into a dangerous situation. But paramedics waited until 10:59 a.m.
> Then they heard the radio call "Code 900", which meant they were no
> longer needed because the person was dead.
> _After one hour and 14 minutes, Drexel Heights indicated they were never
> allowed to even examine Jose._
> In comparison, on the day of the January 8th mass shooting, deputies
> held back ambulance and fire crews there for only 12 minutes before they
> determined it was safe for emergency medical crews to enter the chaotic
> _The Guereï¿½a maintains that SWAT members did not identify themselves
> before breaking down the door, and Jose Guereï¿½a had his rifle drawn
> because he was protecting his family from what he thought was a home
> invasion._ His wife said he had a clean criminal record, and that she
> still doesn't know why SWAT members were serving a search warrant at the
> house. The family announced Wednesday that they have hired prominent
> attorney Christopher Scileppi to represent them.
> Freedom is always illegal!
> When we ask for freedom, we have already failed. It is only when we
> declare freedom for ourselves and refuse to accept any less, that we
> have any possibility of being free.
> "Why should we bother with 'realities' when we have the psychological
> refuge of unthinking patriotism?"
> Gary Leupp - Professor of History, Tufts University
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