Suspect in fatal South Beach shooting claims self-defense

Alan Alt faces charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault with firearm

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A suspect in the fatal shooting of another man in the heart of South Beach claims he acted in self-defense, police said.

Alan Alt was arrested Thursday and booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

Miami Beach police said Alt, 32, shot and killed a 33-year-old man Saturday night at the corner of Collins Avenue and 14th Street.

Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said Alt turned himself in at the Miami Beach Police Department.

According to an arrest affidavit, Alt claims the man attacked him from behind, hit him on the back of his head, caused him to fall forward onto his hands and beat him. Alt felt a "sharp object pressing into his back" and believed the man was trying to take his wallet, according to the affidavit, which included a statement from Alt's attorney.

Alan Alt is accused of fatally shooting another man in the heart of South Beach.
Alan Alt is accused of fatally shooting another man in the heart of South Beach.

Alt didn't report the incident to police, despite his claim that the shooting was an act of self-defense.

Surveillance video shows Alt shooting from a distance and witnesses tell a different story. One said there was a "physical altercation," but the victim never used any weapons, according to the affidavit.  

"What are you doing? This is my corner," Alt said to the victim twice, according to a witness who spoke to police.

Alt is facing charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm. Detectives haven't released the identity of the victim to the public because they have yet to find the man's relatives.

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