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By Gary Nelson

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A man who shot a police officer in a life and death struggle was sent off to a long prison stretch Friday.

In October 2010, a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer encountered an enraged motorist in the middle of US 1 in Florida City.

Ariel Alvarez attacked Officer Guy Gilbert and the two struggled for the officer’s gun.

Gilbert was shot twice.

Alvarez was handed 20 years for attempted murder of a law officer.

Officer Gilbert, who was shot in both hands and had a finger shot off, told CBS4 reporter Gary nelson about his ordeal.

“Eighteen months of learning how to use my hands again.  Seven surgeries to repair the damage done by this individual on my hands, said Guy Gilbert. “Waiting for this day.  Waiting for this day.”

Gilbert, a 24 year veteran, is still an officer with the FWC.


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