Sgt. Al Powell

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Sgt. Al Powell

Background

Al Powell is a sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department in Los Angeles, California. His wife is currently pregnant with their first child. He quit being a beat cop as a rookie after he shot and killed a 13 year old kid who was holding a ray gun.

During the events of Die Hard (1988) played by Reginald VelJohnson

Powell brings an armful of Twinkies to the cash register and tells Convenience Store Clerk they are for his pregnant wife. Dispatcher radios Powell and tells him to investigate Nakitomi Plaza. Powell gets out of his vehicle and Eddie lets him inside the building. Powell briefly walks through the entrance of the building before leaving. As Powell is leaving, John McClane throws Marco's body onto the hood of his patrol vehicle and starts shooting at it. Powell then calls for help over the radio. Powell radios John and John tells him about the terrorists and how many and the location of the hostages. Young Cop administers aid to Powell as he advises John to wait for help. Dwayne T. Robinson arrives on scene and he starts to argue with Powell about whose side John is on.

Capt. Mitchell and his SWAT team get ready to enter the building. Rivers and his team advance on the building and the terrorists shoot out the police spot lights. Robinson tells Mitchell to pull Rivers and his team back, but Mitchell insists they are almost in the building and sends an armored personnel carrier, (APC) towards the building. An explosion blows out most of the lower floors. Robinson takes the radio from Powell and tells John they don't want his help. As the situation continues, John radios Powell and asks him to tell Holly Gennero McClane he should have been more supportive of her and that he was sorry. After the terrorists are killed, John and Holly leave the building and John meets Powell face to face for the first time and they hug and John introduces Powell to Holly. Robinson walks up to John and demands a debriefing and Karl walks out of the building holding a rifle. As he is about to shoot John, Powell shoots Karl dead.