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SWAT Team Must Face Excessive Force Suit for 93-Bullet Fusillade

July 5, 2022, 2:36 PM

St. Louis SWAT team members who executed a search warrant on a suspected drug house and ended up spraying the home with 93 bullets and killing one of the two occupants aren’t entitled to qualified immunity from an excessive force claim, the Eighth Circuit said.

Because the officers primarily contested the factual findings of the federal district court, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit didn’t have jurisdiction over their appeal, the opinion by Judge Bobby E. Shepherd said.

The officers went to Dennis Torres’ house the night of June 7, 2017. Torres and his grandson, Isaiah Hammett, ...