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April 19, 2010 — Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors Police Officer Mario Diaz responded to a security alarm at the Natural Health Care Clinic and found Alfred E. Sewell trying to break into the clinic with an angle iron.

Sewell, 44, lunged at the officer and Officer Diaz fired at Sewell, striking him once in the neck.

Sewell pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Charges appear to have been dismissed in July 2012. Read more

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Sewell approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Sewell did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Sewell was armed with a blunt/bludgeoning weapon. Only nine other people were armed the same way.

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