Court: Conn. towns can be sued over fatal raid

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EASTON, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court says several Connecticut police departments can be sued over a drug raid that killed an unarmed man and injured another in 2008.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled Aug. 21 that police in Easton, Monroe, Trumbull, Darien and Wilton are not shielded from the lawsuit by government immunity, the Connecticut Post reports.

A regional SWAT team raided the Easton home of Ronald Terebesi in a drug probe. Monroe officer Michael Sweeney fatally shot Terebesi’s friend, 33-year-old Gonzalo Guizan of Norwalk, and Terebesi says he was injured when police pinned him to the floor.

A state prosecutor ruled Sweeney’s use of force was appropriate.

The towns settled a lawsuit with Guzman’s family for $3.5 million.

Terebesi’s lawsuit will now go forward.

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Information from: Connecticut Post

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