Drug Probe Led Pima County SWAT Team to Shoot Iraq War Vet More Than 60 Times

Documents released yesterday by the Pima County Sheriff's Department show that the controversial shooting of an Iraq War vet was the result of a complex drug investigation into the man and his brother.

Jose Guerena, a 26-year-old father of two and veteran of the war, died on May 5, in his home near Tucson when the PCSD's SWAT team stormed his house and shot at him over 60 times.

The drug investigation netted a whopping one bag of marijuana, which was found in a different home also targeted in the investigation.

At the time of the raid, the Arizona Daily Star reports Guerena was holding an assault rifle. SWAT members thought he'd fired at them, but it was learned after authorities unloaded more than 60 rounds into Guerena that the safety on his gun was on and he hadn't fired a shot.

See the video of the shooting below (if video doesn't load, try opening it in the Firefox web browser).

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