Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Survivor of 50-Shot Barrage from NYPD Gives Dramatic Testimony

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NEW YORK (AP) — The burly witness unbuttoned his shirt to show the circular scar on his right shoulder.

The wound marked one of the 16 shots that hit Joseph Guzman during a barrage of 50 police bullets that killed his friend Sean Bell, who was unarmed and hours away from getting married.

With four bullets still in his body, Guzman sat in the witness stand Tuesday and belittled the undercover officer he accused of starting it all.

"This dude is shooting like he's crazy, like he's out of his mind," Guzman testified at the Queens trial of three undercover officers charged in Bell's slaying outside a topless bar on Nov. 25, 2006.

Guzman, 32, was referring to Detective Gescard Isnora. The key prosecution witness insisted that, contrary to police accounts, Isnora, 29, "appeared out of nowhere" with a silver gun drawn and never identified himself as a police officer.

Guzman recalled locking eyes with Isnora. Around the same time, he said, an unmarked police van collided with a car driven by Bell and shots rang out.

"That's all there was — gunfire," he said. "There wasn't nothing else."


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