Former South Florida police officer accused of fatally shooting man outside bar

Jason Gilbert claims victim had gotten upset with him for standing too close at Blue Boar Tavern

Jason Gilbert, a former Riviera Beach police officer, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a man outside the Blue Boar Tavern. (WPBF)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A former South Florida police officer is accused of fatally shooting a man outside a bar.

Jason Gilbert, 42, was arrested Sunday on a charge of first-degree murder.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit, Gilbert was a former Riviera Beach police officer.

The fatal shooting occurred about 3:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Blue Boar Tavern near West Palm Beach.

According to the affidavit, Gilbert and the victim had gotten into an argument at the bar.

Gilbert told investigators he was at the bar with his girlfriend to get some chicken wings when he approached the bar to check on the status of his order. That’s when the victim got upset how close Gilbert was to him, leading to a verbal altercation.

After his girlfriend convinced him to leave the bar, Gilbert saw the victim arguing with a woman, so he grabbed his gun from his vehicle and confronted the victim, firing two shots at his feet, Gilbert said.

When that didn’t deter the victim, Gilbert fired several more shots at the victim, but he didn’t realize the man had been shot until he read about it later in the day, Gilbert claimed.