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Council Approves Monroe's Share of Settlement for Easton Raid

The $3.5 million settlement among five towns for the shooting death in a police raid in 2008 will be paid by CIRMA.

The Monroe Town Council unanimously approved Monroe's share of a $3.5 million five-town settlement in the shooting death of Gonzalo Guizan during a police raid of an Easton home on May 18,2008, when officers of the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team executed a warrant based on information about drugs and guns.

Following this week's vote, Town Councilman Tony Unger pointed out that the settlement will be paid for by the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA), which is the insurance carrier for Darien, Easton, Trumbull, Monroe and Wilton — and not be funded by Monroe taxpayers.

Monroe Police Chief John Salvatore said, "We were very confident that, had this gone to trial, the town would have been successful. The settlement was simply a business decision by the insurance carrier, rather than spending millions for what this settlement determined: There is no finding or admission of wrong doing by any police officer involved in the search."

Though a State's Attorney Report found the police officer's actions were appropriate in the shooting, a federal judge ruled there was sufficient evidence for the lawsuit to move forward. Legal action filed by the homeowner, Ronald Terebesi, is still pending.

Citizen March 01, 2013 at 12:08 PM
What portion of the total was Monroe liable for?
Jim beam March 01, 2013 at 12:44 PM
There WAS wrongdoing by police officers involved and their superiors in planning this raid. A man is dead and he committed no crime. How is that not wrong? Have these people no Christian conscience? Where is the remorse for their errors? The police chief's comments are unconscionable. He should have kept his mouth shut when asked his opinion. A "no comment" would have been a proper response. Instead, he appears to be endorsing the lawless actions of his department. Some people have no shame.
Geezer March 01, 2013 at 01:22 PM
So if Monroe police were asked to support a similar raid the chief would allow this to happen again?
Alex March 01, 2013 at 01:58 PM
"Tony Unger pointed out that the settlement will be paid for by the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA), which is the insurance carrier for Darien, Easton, Trumbull, Monroe and Wilton — and not be funded by Monroe taxpayers." And who exactly pays that insurance premium? Not Tax payers? Will that premium now go up because of this? "We were very confident that, had this gone to trial, the town would have been successful. The settlement was simply a business decision by the insurance carrier, rather than spending millions for what this settlement determined: There is no finding or admission of wrong doing by any police officer involved in the search." Your police force killed an innocent man. It is disgusting to even think that no wrong doing was done. Stuff like this makes me lose all respect for law enforcement.
Peg March 02, 2013 at 04:48 AM
An innocent man was shot dead. No wrong doing? I feel sick.

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