Arizona SWAT Officers Cleared of Wrongdoing


The Pima County Attorney’s Office has cleared five Arizona SWAT officers of wrongdoing in the death of Jose Guerena.

The officers shot at Guerena 71 times while serving a search warrant related to a drug-trafficking investigation, documents show.
Fewer than a third of those shots hit Guerena, leaving 49 rounds passing through walls and some hitting nearby homes, according to reports released by the department.

Guerena was struck 22 times, 18 of those on his extremities.

The report showed the shots entered Guerena’s body through the front, meaning he was facing officers when he was shot, Berkman wrote in the letter to Sheriff Clarence Dupnik Monday.

A close examination of the AR-15 rifle Guerena was holding at the time he was shot revealed that the bullet damage was done at an angle that indicated Guerena was pointing it at the officers, Berkman wrote in the letter.

Guerena was at his home in the 7100 block of South Redwater Drive with his wife and their 4-year-old son at about 9:30 a.m. when the SWAT team arrived.

It is not known whether the wife of the victim will pursue further legal action in the case.

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