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Five Towns To Pay $3.5M for Deadly 2008 Easton House Raid

A regional SWAT team's 2008 raid on an Easton home resulted in the death of an unarmed man from Norwalk.

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. 

Editor's note: This article originally was published by Weston-Redding-Easton Patch.

Siwanoy February 20, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Beyond the restitution, I sure hope the officers/detectives involved received punishments. "According to his pretrial testimony, Solomon decided to call in SWERT after an exotic dancer who had earlier been at the home told officers she saw Terebesi and Guizan take "something" out of a small tin, place it in two small glass smoking pipes and smoke it. She never told officers there were weapons in the home. The raid came days after a neighborhood group, including the former first selectman who hired Solomon, had complained to Solomon about Terebesi. Raid members later testified they were told Terebesi had guns and was considered dangerous. The judge, in her decision refusing to dismiss the lawsuit brought against the towns by the Guizan family and Terebesi, stated: "The evidence showing possible drug use in Terebesi's home, or evidence that Terebesi owned two guns is countered in the record by evidence that Terebesi had no prior record, that the warrant only called for seizure of two crack pipes and personal use quantities of drugs, that the Easton officers who had previously interacted with him found him to be nonviolent and cooperative with police and that Chief Solomon knew that Terebesi had not previously been aggressive against any law enforcement officer."' What a ridiculous over reach of power and waste of money! Hopefully Darien has insurance!

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