Victim of botched Easton police raid gets $1.5M

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NEW HAVEN — Five Connecticut police departments have agreed to pay $1.25 million to a homeowner who authorities say was the victim of a “botched SWAT-style raid” that resulted in the death of his house guest.

The Stamford Advocate reports that faced with an almost certain loss in court, lawyers for police in Easton, Trumbull, Monroe, Darien and Wilton agreed Tuesday to accept a recommendation offered by U.S. District Judge Joan Margolis to settle the case.

Police, acting on a tip, raided the Easton home of Ronald Terebesi in May 2008, looking for drugs and weapons. Terebesi’s guest, Gonzalo Guizan, was shot and killed. Police found a small amount of drugs and no weapons.

Terebesi sued the police for using excessive force.

The towns previously paid $3.5 million to Guizan’s family.