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EX-FIREFIGHTER CLAIMS SELF-DEFENSE

Former Buffalo firefighter William "Tony" Guilford told an Erie County Court jury Monday that he shot a Buffalo police narcotics raider in self-defense, and accused both his victim and two other police officers of misconduct and perjury against him and the family of his longtime fiance.

As testimony ended in his assault trial, Guilford, 24, said he didn't fire at Police Officer Carl Thompson, 33, until Thompson began firing at him during a brief flurry of gunfire outside a flat at 63 Sanford Street on Nov. 16, 1988.

Guilford accused Thompson and Officer Darnyl Parker of allegedly trying to stage a 1988 marijuana arrest of Clarence "Pops" Lewis, the father of his fiance, by throwing a bag of marijuana at Lewis' feet. That arrest was foiled because too many people witnessed the incident, Guilford testified.

Erie County Judge Timothy J. Drury told the six women and six men on the jury they will begin deliberations either Wednesday or Thursday on assault and weapons counts.

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