Review: SWAT Team Rightly Killed Man During Drug Bust

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Police internal review has concluded that SWAT team members acted appropriately in the shooting of a Seminole Heights man in May. The review found that Cpl. Eric Wasierski and Officer Edwin Perez “feared for their lives and the safety of others” when they killed 29-year-old Jason Westcott on May 27.

The SWAT team entered Wescott’s home on a narcotics investigation looking for large amounts of marijuana. They found 0.2 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, plastic baggies and jars with residue of the drug. The amount was worth $2.

The investigation concluded that Westcott raised a 9mm pistol at police when they entered his bedroom. Wasierski and Perez immediately shot him.

Wescott had no state criminal record besides traffic violations and a misdemeanor marijuana possession 11 years ago.

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