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Realtives Angry Over Identity Mix Up Over Florida Police Shootings

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Relatives of a man mistakenly identified as a suspected cop killer are angry.

First Coast News spoke with the uncle of Kevin Wehner, the man named as a suspect in the shootings of four police officers in Miami-Dade County Thursday morning. One officer died.

"I think they probably reacted a little too fast putting his picture on there," said Wehner's uncle by phone.

"He could've lost his life yesterday. He could've been out driving in the streets and they pull him over and they see that's the picture and shot him dead. And he would've never known what happened."

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says once Kevin Wehner learned he was wanted for the shootings, he came down to JSO headquarters to clear his name.

Investigators say Wehner, 30, was a victim of identity theft in October 2006.

Miami-Dade police say the girlfriend of the real suspected gunman, 25-year-old Shawn Sherwin Labeet, gave investigators Wehner's name.

Police officers shot and killed Labeet late Thursday night in a gunbattle near an apartment complex in Pembroke Pines. Two officers wounded by Labeet are out of the hospital. A third remains hospitalized.

Miami police say Labeet used Wehner's identity to purchase six assault rifles and three pistols.

Police say Labeet bought the arsenal from December 2005 to March 2006.

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Added: Sep-15-2007 
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