Deputy slays man he thought was a killer

Published: Friday, January 16, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 16, 2004 at 1:38 a.m.
ORLANDO - A deputy fatally shot an unarmed man he mistakenly thought was a murder suspect on Thursday.
Marvin Williams, 26, died shortly after being shot by Deputy Richard Mankewich during a foot chase. Mankewich, who was involved in a high-profile racial profiling case seven years ago, was placed on administrative duty.
Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to conduct a joint investigation into the shooting.
Steve Jones, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office, said the deputies thought they were dealing with a dangerous man.
"Our deputies thought they had a homicide suspect," Jones said.
In 1997, Mankewich pulled over Maj. Aaron Campbell, a black 25-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department. A videotaped confrontation on the Florida Turnpike ended with Campbell being doused with pepper spray and wrestled to the ground.
Campbell, during his trial on resisting arrest and battery charges, accused Mankewich of racial profiling. Campbell was acquitted of two felony counts of battery but found him guilty of two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest. He was sentenced to probation.

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