Skip to comments.SWAT team's shooting of Marine causes outrage [Jose Guerena Ortiz]
Posted on 11/27/2011 2:17:58 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Jose Guerena Ortiz was sleeping after an exhausting 12-hour night shift at a copper mine. His wife, Vanessa, had begun breakfast. Their 4-year-old son, Joel, asked to watch cartoons.
An ordinary morning was unfolding in the middle-class Tucson neighborhood until an armored vehicle pulled into the family's driveway and men wearing heavy body armor and helmets climbed out, weapons ready.
They were a sheriff's department SWAT team who had come to execute a search warrant. But Vanessa Guerena insisted she had no idea, when she heard a "boom" and saw a dark-suited man pass by a window, that it was police outside her home. She shook her husband awake and told him someone was firing a gun outside.
A U.S. Marine veteran of the Iraq war, he was only trying to defend his family, she said, when he grabbed his own gun an AR-15 assault rifle.
What happened next was captured on video after a member of the SWAT team activated a helmet-mounted camera.
The officers four of whom carried .40-caliber handguns while another had an AR-15 moved to the door, briefly sounding a siren, then shouting "Police!" in English and Spanish. With a thrust of a battering ram, they broke the door open. Eight seconds passed before they opened fire into the house.
And 10 seconds later, Guerena lay dying in a hallway 20-feet from the front door. The SWAT team fired 71 rounds, riddling his body 22 times, while his wife and child cowered in a closet.
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Twenty seconds into the raid, they've got one suspect down in the living room and haven't cleared the ret of the house yet. There may or may not be more suspects in the house (maybe even in the next room), who may or may not be armed - and they're all standing there holding empty weapons.
How about you’re an ignorant a-hole whose hatred for the cops won’t let you deal with fact and reality?
It’s either that, or your just another cop sucker.