Family of Marine Killed in Arizona SWAT Raid Sues Pima County for $20 Million Jose Guerena was killed by a Pima County SWAT team back in May. His wife, Vanessa, and 4-year-old son were in the home at the time but were fortunately unharmed when police fired dozens of bullets into the home. Guerena himself did not fire on police, but police reported he was holding a rifle when they broke the door down. Follow-up investigations have shown that Guerena was related to people likely involved in criminal activity, but Guerena himself appears to have been on the sidelines. Now Vanessa Guerena is filing suit against Pima County to the tune of $20 million dollars. Radley Balko follows up with a good summary of the case, the political fall-out, and the interesting detail that nobody has yet been arrested in the Pima investigations, including Jose Guerenas brother, Alejandro, who appears to have been a much more likely suspect than Jose. Balko concludes: The Guerena family lawsuit likely faces an uphill battle. Police officers are protected by the doctrine of qualified immunity, which makes it difficult for lawsuits like the Guerenas to even get into court. But if their case is allowed to proceed, they will get access to records the Pima County Sheriffs Department has yet to release. The result could be an understanding of whether the tactics and raid that claimed the life of Jose Guerena were aberrant, or standard practice in Pima County. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!