Detective Mark Shotwell cleared in Fourth of July weekend pub shooting

Fort Lauderdale police detective shot while interfering with domestic dispute, returned gunfire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Fort Lauderdale police officer who shot and killed a man outside a pub over the Fourth of July weekend has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Detective Mark Shotwell was injured July 3 after trying to come to the aid of a woman who was having some sort of domestic dispute with a man outside Maguires Hill 16 at 535 N. Andrews Ave.

Police said Shotwell and the woman knew each other and she begged him to help her. That's when a man got out of the car she was in and had a shootout with the Fort Lauderdale police officer.

Shotwell fatally shot the suspect, and he was shot multiple times. After a little more than a month and two operations later, Shotwell was released from Broward Health Medical Center.

On Thursday, the case was presented to a grand jury. Twenty-two people were called upon to testify, including Shotwell, the medical examiner, the lead detective, the responding officers, customers at the pub and the woman whose boyfriend was killed.

After eight hours of deliberations, the grand jury returned with a no-true bill, meaning Shotwell's actions were found to be justified.

A full report on the outcome of this case is expected to be released in about a month.

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