FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Investigators say a man is dead after being shot by an off-duty Fort Lauderdale police officer.
The Broward Sheriff's Office reports Richard Arruda and his girlfriend Christine Menatti pulled into the parking lot of the popular Maguires Hill 16 restaurant in Fort Lauderdale Friday evening.
Officials say the couple had gotten into a physical altercation inside the vehicle.
Officer Mark Shotwell had just left the restaurant when Menatti approached him and asked for help, telling him her boyfriend had battered her. According to detectives, Arruda left the car and shot the officer.
Investigators say Shotwell reached for his weapon and fired, fatally shooting Arruda.
Shotwell was taken to a nearby hospital in critical but stable condition.