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Tucson SWAT Helmetcam Records Jose Guerena Tragedy

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TUCSON - SWAT helmet video is providing insight into exactly what happened when a former Marine was shot 60 times while officers served a search warrant at his home.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department released video Thursday in response to public records requests from the media.

On May 5, the SWAT team fired 71 shots in seven seconds at 26-year-old Jose Guerena. He was allegedly pointing an AR-15 rifle at officers serving a search warrant.

The sheriff's department said Guerena was holding the rifle when he was killed, but he never fired a shot.

When Guerena opened the door, he allegedly said, "I've got something for you," according to SWAT. Guerena was riddled with 60 bullets.

Guerena's wife Vanessa, who was not hurt, told a local TV station that officers never identified themselves when they broke in -- but the SWAT team says they followed protocol.  (emphasis mine - Ed.)

The video provided Thursday shows that the team blared a siren for about 8 seconds, then stopped. Shooting ensued and the video also shows a SWAT officer falling.

Pima County authorities initially said Guerna fired on the officer, but they later found he never did. He never fired his weapon at all.

17 Comments in Response to

Comment by Anonymous
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 What You Do Not Read About The Guerena Killing
Law Enforcers or Peace Officers
Dear Mr. Editor: It is not what they angrily say it is. After reading this letter to you, I rest my case. Let our blind-sided reading public be the judge. To begin with, I would like to let you know that I have been trying to withhold comments beca   Read Letter and Editor's Reply

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Date of Letter: 2011-05-30

Comment by William Blakes
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Earlier this month, a 26-year-old veteran of the Marine Corps, Jose Guerena, was shot dead in a SWAT raid on his home. Guerena didn't fire on police officers, and was a veteran of two tours. The conduct of the police officers in question is a point of argument in the incident. Here is the proof: <a title="SWAT team slaughtered Jose Guerena who didn’t shoot" href="">Jose Guerena did not shoot at SWAT team that killed him,</a>.

Comment by Thee Percenter
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The title of this story is incorrect, it says this is a tragedy.... it was actually a "MURDER" .

Comment by CC Coleman
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In a perfect World his relatives would own the town and every Police Officer involved would be up on murder charges for this assasination. 

Comment by Ed Price
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Well, we don't need to worry about over-population!

Over-doses of legal and illegal drugs are killing off the people, as well as the para-military who can't seem to keep from killing suspects... innocent before proven guilty.

And then there is Big Pharma who won't allow the use of medical drugs that work... all because they want some more money.

Comment by Ed Vallejo
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Just in from Tucson today:

All four homes in raid tied to Guerena family 

Comment by Ed Vallejo
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WOW - thanks, Powell!

After all the research and articles I've read, this is what stands out in my mind from this one:

"Two weeks later, the department corrected its statement. Guerena had not fired at officers, it said. An assault rifle !<was found nearby>! but was unfired, its safety on." - Does this mean he did not have the rifle in his posession!?!

"That peace was shattered when SWAT team members busted open the door that morning and tossed "flash-bang" grenades inside, documents show." - Did you see any flash-bang in the video?  Use of a FB usually is you see it thrown in, everyone braces for the bang, followed by all parties shuffling into the building.  We see none of this in the video.

and finally

"A video released late Thursday was filmed from inside the armored vehicle. With music playing, officers pulled up to the house, quickly gathered at the front door as the siren was blown and, !<according to records>!, called out "Police" in English and Spanish." - If they called out 'Police' then why wouldn't it be OBVIOUSLY HEARD CLEARLY IN THE VIDEO INSTEAD OF BEING 'ACCORDING TO RECORDS'!!!  If I can't hear them announce themselves from a helmetcam so many feet behind the lead Team Members OUTSIDE, what chance does anyone INSIDE have of hearing it through the door?  And another thing - why do we have the footage from the helmetcam WAY IN THE BACK instead of releasing the LEAD TEAM MEMBER'S footage?  DUH - you get the info they WANT you to have!


p.s. here is what is purportedly comments made by the News Director of KGUN TV in Tucson (unverified) in the comment section of a article:

Notes by: Forrest Carr, KGUN9 News Director If anyone thought that the release of helmet cam video and a mountain of documents would settle the debate
 over the May 5 SWAT raid that killed a former U.S. Marine, they were wrong. Viewer comments to KGUN9 News show, if anything, that the debate has grown
even more vociferous, more passionate, and nastier. Viewers are lashing out at the family, police, each other, and KGUN9 News. Video shot during the raid
shows that the SWAT team sounded its siren for about 8 seconds on the morning of the raid. Team members jumped out and began shouting commands to the
closed door, identifying themselves as police. 30 seconds after the siren first sounded, the team was breaking down the door. 5 seconds after that,
shooting erupted. Within another seven seconds, the shooting had ended. Total elapsed time from the first blast of the siren to the final shot --
about 45 seconds. The details of this story have evolved several times since the daday of the shooting, with both sides saying things that turned out
to be untrue, or reaching incorrect conclusions. The Sheriff's Department said that initially, SWAT members thought one of their officers had been hit.
That turned out not to be the case. The department initially reported that Guerena had fired his rifle. That turned out not to be the case, either.
Guerena's wife, Vanessa, said she never heard a siren and never heard SWAT members identifying themselves as police officers until after the shooting
erupted. The public now has proof that there was a siren and that SWAT officers did identify themselves; what Ms. Guerena actually heard, or thought
she heard, only she can say. The Sheriff's Department confirmed earlier that the team expended 71 rounds in those seven seconds. The family initially
said Guerena suffered 60 hits. On Friday afternoon the medical examiner's office told KGUN9 News by phone thatits report, once it's issued, will show
22 wounds. The release of these facts answered key questions but did not succeed in ending the debate. The story has now gone international, and locally,
KGUN9 viewers are even more vocal now than they were before. Comments have been flooding in. Now here is the unrelated but related viscous joke! Three
days ago a drug raid was upon sheriffs deputy's "three".One was caught with "ten pounds" of heroin an auto weapons,the other two are women deputy's.
The male take in into custody well his "home",contained besides the heroin,$200,00.00 in U.S. cash dollars.The heroin probably was heading to places
like "NEW YORK"!By so called "ENFORCEMENT",gone or all along "BAD".lowell thomas would have a field day with todays society in a book called

Comment by Forty Four O Nine
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Lets just put red coats on them.

Evil shit going on....THAT was flat out murder.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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I guess it takes an Oathkeeper to get the state's "newspaper of record" to (badly) cover this shooting.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Actually the wife needs to file a federal civil rights lawsuit now to secure ALL video, audio, cell phone  logs, radio calls, logs, reports and metadata.  Before it disappears.

Comment by Temper Bay
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This whole fiasco amounts to, at best, gross negligent homicide!

Comment by Chip Saunders
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You can see other officers are wearing helmet cams as well. Officers that are closer to the action and who's video and audio probably shows more. Yet all we have received is this far behind video and audio track that doesn't tell us much. I want all the video and audio!!!!!!

Comment by Ernest Hancock
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Yelling "Police" shouldn't be a shield for a no knock raid. Heck, is that all Bad Guys got to do to render a victim totally incapacitated?

If you want to 'announce' yourself, you can do it a lot better than with a boot through the door.

Dark days are coming.

Comment by Ed Vallejo
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I just found the 911 recording Vanessa made: 

Comment by Ed Vallejo
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As I continue to research this story, more and more info surfaces:


The sheriff’s department maintains that Guerena was holding an AR-15 when the paramilitary force fired 71 bullets in his home, but other key parts of the government story have collapsed. While PCSD initially claimed Guerena fired the weapon he was alleged to have been holding, the department now says it was a misfire by one of the deputies that caused this deadly group panic inside a home containing a woman and a toddler: 

A deputy's bullet struck the side of the doorway, causing chips of wood to fall on his shield. That prompted some members of the team to think the deputy had been shot, [PCSD spokesman Michael] O'Connor said. 

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Since there were three other simultaneous coordinated raids that time it would be interesting to hear them as well, eh? Goes to a pattern of well as what is still (?) legally required when you kick in someone's home.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Well, you know what this means?  

Those helmet cams have got to go.

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