Five Fairfield County towns were ordered to pay restitution of $3.5 million for a regional SWAT team's role in a 2008 house raid in Easton which resulted in the death of an unarmed Norwalk man, The Darien News reports.
In May 2008, Easton Police Chief John Solomon planned a raid at 91 Dogwood Drive because he believed there were drugs and weapons at the residence. Officers from five departments—Easton, Wilton, Darien, Trumbull and Monroe—showed up at the residence, throwing grenades and eventually shooting Gonzalo Guizan, 33, six times, according to The News.
Solomon retired in 2011.
According to The News, Easton First Selectman Tom Herrmann said the town is "fully insured" and there won't be a direct cost to taxpayers.
The $3.5 million settlement will be paid to the victim's family, The News reports. The home's owner, Robert Terebesi, is seeking additional compensation.