New details about former Marine killed in SWAT shooting

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New details about former Marine killed in SWAT shooting

CREATED Mar 9, 2012

Reporter:  Jessica Chapin

TUCSON (KGUN9- TV) - Three people arrested on drug trafficking charges are all out of jail.  Pima County deputies arrested Pauline Guerena, Denise Ruiz, and their father Jose Celaya after a traffic stop Wednesday turned up $30 thousand in one of their cars.  Deputies say the investigation is linked to the swat shooting of former Marine Jose Guerena last May.

When SWAT opened fire in Guerena's home last year, deputies said it was all part of a bigger picture.

"There's no doubt in my mind that at some point in the not too distant future there are going to be a number of arrests made," said Sheriff Clarence Dupnik at the time. 

Shortly after that statement, the department released an affidavit revealing several properties and 9 people under investigation.  Guerena's family, however, says SWAT was in the wrong.  They filed suit against the agency for $20 million.

"His wife thought there was a home invasion going," said their attorney Christopher Scileppi when they filed, "he had taken his gun in defense of his home and had he been properly notified about whats going on out side.  It wouldn't have happened he would have answered the door."

Scileppi told 9 On Your Side reporter Jessica Chapin that they are not commenting on the recent arrests, but did point out the suspects are not directly related to Jose Guerena.  Pauline Guerena is Jose's sister-in-law. 

The arrests are the first since the SWAT shooting connected to the Guerena drug investigation.  Pauline and Ruiz were released without having to post bond Thursday night. Celaya was given a $50 thousand bond and was released Friday.

The arrests lend weight to Dupnik's claims at the time of Guerena's death, though they don't shed any more light on what happened that particular day when deputies didn't find what they were looking for in the home.  9 On Your Side obtained military documents which reveal more about Jose Guerena's life as a Marine.

He earned medals for good conduct, fighting in Iraq, the Global War on Terror, and National Defense.  He also received a certificate and letter of appreciation and a badge for his rifle sharp-shooting.  Guerena was released in 2006 honorably.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department tells 9 On Your Side they are continuing to investigate the suspected drug ring relating to Guerena's case.