Family of man killed in SWAT raid hires attorney

Published: May. 12, 2011 at 1:15 AM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 5:29 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - A Pima County judge has sealed court documents on the drug conspiracy investigation that led to last Thursday's deadly SWAT raid at a southwest side home.

Jose Guerena, 26, was shot and killed when Pima County authorities served a search warrant on his home.

The Sheriff's department says the SWAT team fired more than 70 rounds in less than ten seconds after the former Marine pointed an assault rifle at officers. His wife contends the family thought the officers were robbers.

The family has now hired an attorney, who's asking for records including radio communications, police logs and 911 recordings from that day.

"One of the first and foremost things in Jose's wife's mind is to clear his name with the community, and with his own children," said Christopher Scileppi, attorney for the Guerena family.

No lawsuit has been filed as of yet, but Scileppi said his client may be willing to pursue a case at some point after sifting through more information from the deadly incident.

The Sheriff's department says they did find evidence of a conspiracy inside Guerena's home, but they aren't giving specifics.

Scileppi is a high-profile lawyer, who also happens to be representing former Nogales mayor Octavio Garcia Von-Borstel in his corruption case.

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