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April 24, 2010 — Lehigh Acres

Arnold Alfonso shot his brother, Alexander, around 2 a.m. on April 24, 2010.

Called about a possible suicide, deputies arrived to find Alexander staggering down the driveway of his home, fatally wounded.

According to officials, Arnold, 40, was found hiding under a bed. He grabbed his .45-caliber UZI submachine gun and began firing. Read more

Sgt. Patrick McDonald and Deputy Ryan Justham returned fire. After Alfonso was hit in the arm, McDonald rushed him and took the gun.

Alfonso was hit five times and died from wounds to his leg. The brothers' invalid mother, who saw much of what happened, said that her son had told her the night before that he wanted police to kill him.

This was the 35th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Tampa .

Five days later, two officers shot one person in Tampa .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Alfonso was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Alfonso fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Alfonso was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Alfonso told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Alfonso showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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