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Judge Rules Against Towns in 2008 Easton Raid

An unarmed man was shot and killed during a raid conducted by officers from Monroe and four other towns.

The Connecticut Post reported that U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton decided against the towns in a 2008 police raid that killed an unarmed Norwalk man in Easton.

Police officers from Easton, Monroe, Trumbull, Darien and Wilton were on the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team that took part in a raid on Ronald Terebesi's 91 Dogwood Drive home. Former Easton Police Chief John Solomon planned the raid because police believed drugs and guns were in the house.

During the raid, Gonzalo Guizan, 33, was shot a half dozen times by Monroe officer Michael Sweeney, according to the Post.

The plaintiffs are seeking more than $10 million in damages.

On Tuesday, First Selectman Steve Vavrek declined to comment on the court decision and on how the town would pay for its portion of any damages that could be awarded.

Town Attorney John Fracassini said he has nothing to do with the case, which is being handled by CIRMA, the town's liability carrier.

QWERTY September 04, 2012 at 05:50 PM
So what are we paying the town attorney for then? And why are local police doing this stuff? Shouldn't the feds be handling raids like this? If Easton Police Chief John Solomon was so adamant about organizing a posse to get this suspect then the blame should mostly be on his shoulders.
Carl Kolchak September 04, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Apparently, the town of Monroe was "especially implicated in the case" according to the judge, because the town named Sweeney "Officer of the Year" after he killed the unarmed Guizan. HOWEVER, the State's Attorney's report of what happened during the raid paints a very different picture than the article in the CT Post. Specifically, that report says there is reliable scientific evidence showing Guizan tried to wrestle the gun away from Sweeney. The report also shows conflicting information about the availability of weapons in the house, and metioned that somebody blew out the front window of this place with a sotgun blast shortly before the raid. Strange Days Indeed. Read more: http://www.norwalkcitizenonline.com/news/article/Judge-Towns-responsible-in-fatal-2008-police-raid-3838244.php#ixzz25Wh54Cb2
Carl Kolchak September 04, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Link to State's Attorney report: http://www.ct.gov/csao/cwp/view.asp?a=1802&q=437740
jim laguardia September 04, 2012 at 06:49 PM
the author of the article in the post is known to select facts and use them to make his articles more interesting
Alex September 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Most of the burden should fall on Easton I would hope as their chief made the decision to call in the SWAT. Hopefully in the future they will be much more conservative about making such rash decisions (Even some of the officers on the team had their doubts). I mean flash bangs? Is that really necessary? From what I read they didn't even offer the man the option to surrender. The guy sounded like a terrible neighbor but that doesn't warrant the police to barge into his house with grenades and guns drawn. This was an unnecessary death.
howard s raabe, jr December 21, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Too bad they can't include Solomon, as an individual and as a party to this. They are such "cowboys".

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