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April 29, 2013 — Orlando

Deputies Ronald Allen and Brian Tracy responded to a call about a man with a gun behaving erratically near the Tranquility Inn.

They found Alexis Diaz, 34, stumbling around intoxicated and incoherent, with a gun in his hand.

The officers followed the suspect a few yards, identifying themselves as police, according to witnesses. Diaz refused to obey officers' requests to stop walking. Read more

"'He started to walk northbound, disregarding the deputies … at that point that is when the firing ensued," said Capt. Angelo Nieves with Orange County Sheriff's Office, according to WFTV.

Diaz died a short while later.

Investigators said Diaz had been holding a pellet gun.

Only one of eight witnesses testified that they thought the gun was fake, according to an Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation that cleared Allen and Tracy of wrongdoing.

This was the 46th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in St. Petersburg .

One day later, three officers shot one person in Jacksonville .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Diaz Candelaria was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Diaz Candelaria did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Officers approached Diaz Candelaria after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  4. Diaz Candelaria was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  5. Diaz Candelaria were drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.

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