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.