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May 8, 2013 — Royal Palm Beach

Off-duty Deputy Joshua McGehee was outside his home shortly after 1 p.m. when Aldo Alvarez walked up.

Alvarez, 36 and mentally ill, was "agitated" and "very aggressive," according to authorities. Alvarez tried to strike McGehee, who retreated to his garage, officials said. He repeatedly told Alvarez to leave. When he again tried to strike McGehee, the Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy fired 10 rounds at him in two volleys, hitting him eight times.

McGehee said that he had never met Alvarez, who lived across the street with his parents. Ana Alvarez disputes the official version of events and filed a civil lawsuit on her son's behalf. Read more

Alvarez survived and was ruled incompetent to face trial on charges of burglary and assault. In 2015, he was removed from house arrest and allowed to leave accompanied by a parent. He must continue treatment and be evaluated for competency. The lawsuit was settled in March 2016. The Sheriff's Office agreed to pay Alvarez $300,000.

This was the 55th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Miami .

Six days later, one officer shot one person in Brandon .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. The officer shot 10 bullets. The average was eight.
  2. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Alvaraz's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  3. Alvaraz showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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