COMMENT: Is this attorney trying to imply that possession of firearms is illegal or that it is prima facie evidence of a crime?

Attorney: SWAT raid found guns, body armor

Fernanda Echavarri
Arizona Daily Star
May 21, 2011

The man shot and killed by Pima County SWAT officers was linked to a home-invasion crew, the attorney representing the officers said Thursday.

Attorney Michael Storie said authorities found rifles, handguns, body armor and a portion of a law-enforcement uniform inside the house where Jose Guerena was shot by officers serving a search warrant May 5.

“Everything they think they’re going to find in there they find,” Storie said in a news conference called a day after the Sheriff’s Department complained that media reports on the incident spread misinformation and encouraged speculation about events surrounding the shooting. The Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday that it would provide no details about the case to the public until the investigation is complete.

The search warrant and court documents showing what deputies were looking for and seized from Guerena’s home have been sealed by a judge and are unavailable to the public.

Christopher Scileppi, who is representing the Guerena family, said nothing seized from Guerena’s home was illegal and that Storie’s statements were unsupported by facts and meant to discredit Guerena’s character. Scileppi did not comment on the details of the case.

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