Fort Lauderdale officer hospitalized after shooting

Published On: Jul 04 2014 12:09:14 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 04 2014 12:44:44 PM EDT

Authorities say a Fort Lauderdale police officer is hospitalized in critical but stable condition after a shooting in a restaurant parking lot that left one other man dead.

Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion says the officer was off duty Thursday night when he came upon an altercation between a couple in the parking lot.

Concepcion said early Friday that sheriff's detectives are still investigating what led to an exchange of gunfire between the officer and the man.

Authorities have identified the officer as Mark Shotwell, who has served in law enforcement for nearly 30 years. The name of the man who died hasn't been released.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue pronounced the man dead at the scene. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department requested the assistance of the sheriff's office in investigating the shooting.


The views expressed below are not those of News4Jax or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus