DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have released new details surrounding a shootout in Davie on Friday that left two men dead.
Davie Police responded to the intersection of Flamingo Road and Southwest Eighth Street just before 2 p.m. and located a deceased man inside of a work truck.
Authorities identified the victim on Wednesday as 41-year-old retired U.S. Marine Keith Byrne.
A dark-colored BMW M5 sedan was the second car involved in the shooting. The passenger inside of the car, later identified as 22-year-old Andre Sinclair, suffered at least two gunshot wounds and was found lying in the street.
Fire rescue crews transported him to Broward Health Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Police said Byrne had accidentally cut off the BMW before both cars approached a red light.
Byrne attempted to apologize to Sinclair’s girlfriend, who was driving the BMW, at the red light when Sinclair brandished a gun, according to police.
Sinclair was sitting in the passenger seat while his 19-month-old daughter sat in the back.
“At that point, the driver, Mr. Sinclair’s girlfriend, had grabbed him by the shirt, tried to prevent him from getting out of the vehicle,” said Davie Police Lt. Mark Leone. “He did get out armed with a gun and went towards the work truck.”
The two opened fire, and Byrne was shot. Byrne was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Mr. Byrne was acting in self defense when he ultimately fired back,” said Leone.
Police said Byrne was on the phone with a friend who heard the events unfold.
“He was a jokester. He was very playful, very foolish,” said Justyn Byrne, the 41-year-old’s son.
“His birthday is next month, and he and his fiance were planning a trip to Costa Rica,” added Irene Colavolpe, the victim’s mother. “All of those things, they just hurt so bad.”
The victim’s family is now trying to make sense of the tragedy.
“I had just had lunch with him. I got the phone call at work, and I didn’t believe it,” said Justyn. “I thought, ‘Danny is mistaken.'”
“Every time we drive down Flamingo Road, it just blows us away,” added Vincent Colavolpe, the victim’s father.
The victim’s family said they hope something like this never happens again.
“It’s not worth it. It’s not worth getting in any type of altercation, getting angry over insignificant things,” said Justyn.
The victim’s family said he will be buried with full military honors at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth later this month.
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