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Sep. 27, 2012 — Lauderhill

Security guard Earl Brown called police to report a late-night prowler in the alley behind International Global Metals.

Officers Matthew Maguire, Ryan Pearlman and Edward McCormick responded and encountered an armed man in the alley. They opened fire, hitting him once.

It turned out the man was not a prowler. It was Earl Brown, 73, the recycling plant's watchman for more than 25 years. Read more

According to officials, investigators found Brown's loaded .44-caliber magnum revolver at the scene.

Brown was in the hospital for two weeks before he died following two heart attacks.

Widow Gloria Brown received a settlement of $300,000 from the city of Lauderhill in 2014. A grand jury cleared the officers of criminal wrongdoing in June 2015.

This was the 105th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Tampa .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Tampa .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Brown was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Brown's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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