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Sheriff Joe Rolls SWAT, Actor Steven Seagal to Arrest Cockfighting Suspect

March 24, 2011  | 


With actor Steven Seagal in tow, Sheriff Joe Arpaio rolled out his tactical unit and armored vehicle to apprehend a cockfighting suspect.

The Maricopa County (Ariz.) sheriff sent tactical deputies with the agency's Lenco Bear Armored Rescue Vehicle (ARV) to open up a locked iron gate at the residence of Jesus Llovera, who was wanted on a cockfighting warrant, Sgt. Jesse Spurgein tells POLICE Magazine.

Llovera was unarmed at the time, and arrested without incident while sleeping in his home. When choosing the level of force to use, Sgt. Spurgein said the agency factored in intelligence provided by the Phoenix Police Department that Llovera may have been connected to a kidnapping involving a Mexican drug cartel. Llovera has a prior conviction for running a cockfighting ring.

We use a certain degree of force with any law enforcement operation," Sgt. Spurgein tells POLICE. "We did have enough intelligence that we certainly wanted to err on the side of caution."

Actor Seagal was present for the inclusion of the raid in the police reality show, "Lawman" on A&E. His participation was strictly coincidental, Sgt. Spurgein said.

"Steven Seagal had been given approval to work with the SWAT team," Sgt. Spurgein said. "It was not staged for his benefit of the benefit of A&E."

Tags: Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, Cockfighting, Warrant Service


Comments (4)

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LaVista Bill @ 3/24/2011 10:10 PM

I talked with Steven Segal at the SHOT Show earlier this year in Las Vegas. After Sheriff Harry Lee passed away in Jefferson Parish and a new sheriff took over, I gather Segal did not last too much longer as a high-ranking reserve deputy. He said he'd gone to Arizona, so now I see where he landed - with Sheriff Joe! Kick some butt out in Maricopa Co.

Michael @ 3/25/2011 9:46 PM

Well, it does not matter what the warrant is for. We should use all of
those weapons and tools at our disposal for our protection. When we serve warrants we want to do it fast and efficiently, so if the crap hits the fan we have what we need. I also don't think Sheriff joe would play
up anything for the cameras for anyone. He seems like a serious guy.

Mike @ 8/17/2011 8:30 PM

But when did suspicion become a crime. Suspicion means belife with no credible evidence!

B Harvey @ 9/1/2011 4:14 PM

How was the Phoenix Police able to raid the Llovera home a month earlier on suspicion of involvement in a kidnapping without an ARV? It would seem that if it warranted it, wouldn't the phoenix police have used such a tactic on arguably a more serious charge?

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