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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. 

Joey February 20, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Yea insured? Last time I checked every insurance policy I have has a DEDUCTIBLE. Who is paying that?
celtictee February 20, 2013 at 05:26 PM
I'm pretty certain the insurance does not cover the costs of settlements such as this. The money comes directly from the individual towns coffers.
JR February 20, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Herbst will blame Baldwin.
TrumbullSr February 21, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Does anyone know Trumbull's portion of the fine? Does anyone know the law firm that represented the plaintiff? Were negotiations before the imposed settlement handled by our insurance carrier or our town attorneys?

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