Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pima County AZ SWAT Team Kills Marine In Raid; What's Sheriff Dupnik Hiding?

I've been tardy commenting on a tragedy that occurred a couple of weeks ago in Tucson, AZ.  I started reading about it via this original post and follow-ups from This Ain't Hell and I'm glad to see it's beginning to get more attention.

Jose Guerena, a US Marine who served two tours in Iraq, was awoken by his wife who saw a man's shadow with a gun in their window.  Guerena armed himself and was killed when the Pima County SWAT team broke down the door.  His gun was in "safe" mode.  The SWAT team fired 71 shots while Guerena's wife and son were still in the house.  An ambulance was called to the house were told to wait by the police.  They waited one hour and 14 minutes when Guerena was pronounced dead on the scene.

Remember that Tucson is in Pima County, AZ, where the sheriff is none other than Roscoe P. Dupnik, the guy who tried to blame conservative talk radio, Sarah Palin and everyone else but a loner, pothead 9/11 truther for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the deaths of nine others in Tucson in Janaury.  Back in January, Sheriff Roscoe couldn't wait to get out in front of the cameras to make some kinda of political statement.  However, Roscoe now wants to keep tight lips on the shooting and investigation (AZ Star)
As a result of the need for information surrounding the shooting of Jose Guerena by members of the Pima Regional SWAT Team, the public has received misinformation and emotionally-charged speculation.

...Sheriff Dupnik has made it a departmental policy to be open and forthcoming with information released to the news media. When the decision is made to withhold information, as it has been in this case, there is a legitimate reason for that decision. The day the search warrant was served, we reported to the media that Mr. Guerena fired at SWAT officers. This is what was understood at that time. After a more detailed investigation, we learned that he pointed his assault rifle at SWAT officers, however, the safety was on and he could not fire. This is a clear example of erroneous information being provided without careful investigation. Rather than risking the release of further information, it is imperative that we complete all aspects of this investigation.
Not just that, what the Sheriff's Department said about their presence there doesn't match the story told by the neighbors (KGUN via TAH).
Lt. Michael O'Connor says SWAT says it never wants to be mistaken for other people, "We had our large armored vehicle there with the markings on it. It also has lights and sirens. It was going. So we do everything we can to try to portray the image that we're law enforcement, we're not home invaders."
But, Guerena's wife, Vanessa, who hid in the closet with her youngest son while 71 rounds were fired her husband's direction, said she heard nothing. At any point did you hear them yell, ‘police" or ‘SWAT'?" KGUN9 asked. "No, no!" answered Guerena.
A neighbor who heard the shooting corroborates the wife's account, "The only sirens I heard out here were like maybe 20-30 minutes into the entire ordeal," said David Watson.
It seems like this SWAT Team has a track record of shooting prematurely.  A posting at Pajamas Media linked at TAH says the following:

Perhaps Dupnik’s officers assumed every Hispanic accused of being a drug dealer really was one, and perhaps they assumed that the tenant of a home protecting his loved ones must be a bloodthirsty cartel member waiting in ambush. Is that why they gunned down a tired, hard-working father sleeping off a night shift at the local copper mine? A Marine veteran of Iraq that had the discipline not to fire — a discipline that a trigger-happy SWAT team which has now killed three men in less than a year cannot itself exercise?
One story at New America Media, linked from Salem News, reports:
The search warrant and court documents that would reveal what the SWAT team was looking for in Guerena's home have been sealed by a judge and are unavailable to the public.

No drugs, cash or criminal evidence of any kind were found in the home. Neither Jose nor his wife Vanessa has a criminal record. In an attempt to discredit Guerena’s character, a lawyer for the AZCOPS law-enforcement union, Michael Storie, told the media that rifles, handguns, body armor and a portion of a law-enforcement uniform were found inside the house where Jose Guerena was shot. However, Storie was forced to admit that if SWAT members had entered the home without incident, those inside "probably ... wouldn't have been arrested."
So if he probably wouldn't have been arrested, and there was no criminal record, why the massive break in?  From what I've heard, Guerena armed himself because there apparently has been a number of armed home invasions in this area, being close to the border that the Federal Government refuses to enforce, and is punishing the State of Arizona for attempting to secure.

So what is Sherriff Dupnik hiding?  He's survived an attempt to recall him after his half-cocked comments during the Giffords shooting and refused to enforce SB 1070.  Now, a Marine who has served his nation honorably is dead because of the incompetence coming from their leadership, and since Dupnik is a flaming lib, you won't find the usual Left-wing bleeding hearts like the draft-dodging Bruce Springsteen to come to the defense of this Marine.


Anonymous said...

there has to beaca an investigation right? i mean they cant just get away with killing someone can they?

Anonymous said...

The police state doesn't need an excuse anymore. Dupnik is a sleazebag, bugwitted puppet of the corrupt state in which we are subservient. Even in a case as obvious as this where the state actually murders an innocent man, they will ultimately come out squeaky clean. This is the society in which we live now. Wake up.
Enraged in Arizona...

charlotte said...

e mail you thoughts to the Pima County Swat Team.
Let the murderers know your outrage and horror. This must not go away.

Anonymous said...

The Pima County Sheriffs Department is full of S#@$! I dont know what their problem is! They cant seem to play nice with other law enforcment agencies! A United States Marshal is currently under indicment as well as a AZ State Patrolman. These are 2 seperate matters and are both bolgna! I dont know what the Sheriffs Department is trying to prove because its seems that they are the law, make the laws, and dont have to adhere to the law! um I thought they were public servants! They work for the Tax payers of Pima County!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

wait, so now this is a left wing conspiracy? give me a goddamn break. this is a NECESSARY OUTCOME of the so-called Drug War. this has nothing to do with left or right, it has to do with the police state that is arising in direct proportion to the Drug War's escalation. This is a horrible waste of human life, but it has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with policies that have been advocated and advanced by BOTH major political parties. Don't demagogue the murder of an unarmed man; understand it for what it is: DRUG WAR POLICY.

militarybrat said...

Hopefully if enough people keep going after these "God-like" SWAT team members, something will be done about them. They were supposed to have the house under surveillance and would have known at the very least that the child was in the house.

militarybrat said...

Hopefully if enough people let the government know how outraged they are that something like this could happen, maybe they'll get some people with some brains who know how to use them. The house was supposed to have been under surveillance so that they should have known ahead of time that a child was in the house OR at the very least, that this was a married, decorated Marine with a family NOT a gang.

DDogbreath said...

If they're intent wasn't to murder him, they could have pulled him over on the way home from work and simultaneously searched his home. The "war on drugs" has become a "war on the people". It only benefits the for profit prison system. Prohibition never works, history has proven that.