The Killing of Cpl Guerena

The SWAT bunch has lawyered up and the police union attorney is holding press conferences schmaybe he shouldn’t.

…Now the attorney representing the AZCOPS police union says he’s telling the SWAT team’s story, after talking with team members involved in the May 5 incident.

Mike Storie also explained why he came forward.

“I’m shocked by the reckless statements made by the attorney for these folks, ” Storie said.

He’s referring to the attorney for the family of Jose Guerena.

…He said the SWAT team was told in a briefing before the operation, “That there is an organization that’s involved in drugs, home invasions, drug rip offs. Violent crimes.”

Storie said officers found what they were looking for, including weapons, body armor and a partial police uniform.

“That’s still be investigated, but there’s information that this organization would conduct home invasions while disguised as law enforcement officers,” Storie said.

As Operator Dan (from “This Ain’t Hell”) points out, the Sheriff’s Department spokesman had already acknowleged finding “things we were asking for”, but THOSE items were NOT in Guerena’s house and, most importantly, NONE of the items found during any of the searches were illegal.

[PimaCo]O’Connor: “We did find things that we were asking for in that. It may have been drug ledgers, narcotics paraphernalia, any other connecting material between the residences. Those things were found, in addition to a large sum of money. Somewhat larger that what you would expect to find in anyone’s home.”

Waldman: “Can you say if that was the residence where the shooting happened?”

O’Connor: “No, it was one of the four, but it was not that residence.”

Waldman: “In that specific residence, did you find anything related to drugs, drug money, in that specific residence.”

O’Connor: “We found information that was pertinent to this drug conspiracy case, yes. I’m not going to go into details on what those things were. But it was connecting material to the drug conspiracy.”

According to a lengthier report in the Arizona Daily Star, Storie offered more details about the shooting, as well:

…The other officers at the front door of the house also fired, striking Guerena.

All five SWAT members were shooting from just outside the home and never entered the house, Storie said.

After Guerena’s wife and son came out of the house, officers sent in a robot, and that’s when they saw Guerena had been shot and was unresponsive.

When asked why SWAT members did not rush in to render medical aid to Guerena, Storie said officers on scene “have to assume that there are other people with guns and that there are other people with body armor inside the residence.”

He said officers could not conclude Guerena was incapacitated because he fell into a room after he was shot and officers could not see him from the doorway.

Based on a photograph of a large bloodstain inside the home, Scileppi said, Guerena fell down in clear view of the front door and officers could see him.

The SWAT officers fired 71 shots, striking Guerena 60 times.

…While the SWAT team was at Guerena’s home, another SWAT team was serving a search warrant in a nearby home as part of the same investigation, and Storie said a man showed up during the search and said, “You shot my relative.”

Storie believes somebody called from inside Guerena’s home and alerted family members to the shooting.

Scileppi said he would not comment on those allegations until he “has all the facts.”

A portrait of Jesus Malverde, believed to be a “narco saint,” was found under Guerena’s bed, Storie said. He did not know if drugs were found in the home. Guerena’s wife denies having them in her home.

According to Storie, several days before the shooting undercover officers in an unmarked car drove by Guerena’s home to do surveillance, and 10 minutes after they drove by, they were alerted that their license plate had been run through the Motor Vehicle Division by someone they say followed the unmarked vehicle from Guerena’s home. That was considered countersurveillance on law enforcement, Storie said.

As Scileppi (Guerena family lawyer) also points out in the same report ~ they’ve had two weeks to get the FOURTH version of the story together. It’s getting pretty fantastical. Any minute now there’ll be black helicopters tailing that same Sheriff’s surveillance vehicle, Gen5.

To snag a line from Operator Dan, “4. Even if Cpl. Guerena was Tucson’s version of Pablo Escobar, this SWAT team is still totally unprofessional and incompetent.” And I want them to explain why they let him die.

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6 Responses to “The Killing of Cpl Guerena”

  1. Ebola says:

    Jesus, did they get a white house rep to come up with multiple story arcs or something?

  2. nightfly says:

    “That’s still be investigated, but there’s information that this organization would conduct home invasions while disguised as law enforcement officers,” Storie said.

    Emphasis mine. Because, you know, if people are doing this, it seems like a really excellent reason for Cpt Guerena to have opened fire on the SWAT team. And you know, it’s what actually happened in this case – only Guerena DIDN’T FIRE.

    This whole thing stinks to high heaven.

  3. major dad says:

    Hmm, somebody ran the plate of a suspicious car roaming the streets. Boy that’s unusual. Counter surveillance on law enforcement? What a crock of shit. I’m convinced now, these cops are crooks.

  4. JeffS says:

    Yeah, Major Dad, an UNMARKED police car, unknown to the residents, roaming the streets, and behaving strangely? I’d call 911 myself.

    Crooks, and worse than crooks. Wannabe storm troopers, no doubt in training for when Pima County secedes from Arizona.

  5. Ave says:

    The law enforcement folks doth protest too much, and on record.

  6. Winston Smith says:

    On this one, my Weirdshitometer is pegging out.
    What a bizarre story from the coppers.

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