At­tempt at apol­ogy, then fa­tal shootout

Two men dead af­ter one driver was cut off, lead­ing to con­fronta­tion

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Wayne K. Rous­tan and Lau­rel Weibezahn

DAVIE – Keith Byrne was try­ing to do the right thing. Af­ter the Ma­rine Corps veteran ac­ci­den­tally cut off another car, he was ready to apol­o­gize at the next light.

Be­fore he could, a pas­sen­ger got out of the cut-off car and shot him square in the chest.

The mor­tally wounded Byrne, 41, was also pre­pared to fight back. With his own gun, he fired two shots at 22-year-old An­dre Sin­clair, and Sin­clair died of his in­juries at the hos­pi­tal two days later. Byrne died on scene.

Sin­clair had been a pas­sen­ger in the car his girl­friend was driv­ing. Their tod­dler was in the back­seat.

The whole in­ci­dent was some­thing that Davie Po­lice Sgt. Mark Leone called ul­ti­mately “point­less

and silly.” In a news con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day, the sergeant went through what had hap­pened Fri­day at the cor­ner of Flamingo Road and South­west Eighth Street just south of In­ter­state 595.

Byrne had been on the phone with a friend at the time. The friend “heard his friend Keith say, ‘My bad,’ in mak­ing an at­tempt to apol­o­gize,” Leone said. “At that time over the phone he heard the gun­shots and Mr. Byrne said, ‘I think I’ve been shot,’ started slur­ring his speech, and then the phone call was dis­con­nected.”

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Sin­clair got out of his girl­friend’s blue BMW dis­play­ing his gun and was heading for Byrne, who was still in­side his air-conditioni­ng work truck.

Sin­clair shot Byrne once in the chest. Byrne shot Sin­clair sev­eral times, po­lice said.

Both Byrne and Sin­clair held con­cealed carry per­mits. “Mr. Byrne was act­ing in self-de­fense when he ul­ti­mately fired back at Mr. Sin­clair,” Leone said.

He added that if Sin­clair had sur­vived, “we would have iden­ti­fied him as the pri­mary ag­gres­sor, and he would have ul­ti­mately been charged with mur­der.”

Po­lice say that Sin­clair’s girl­friend had been plead­ing with her boyfriend to stay in the car when they stopped at the light. Nei­ther she nor their daugh­ter were harmed in the shoot­ing.

Af­ter news broke, Byrne’s fam­ily and friends shared their fa­vorite memories of him across so­cial me­dia. In an in­ter­view, Peter Franzese de­scribed Byrne as a “per­son that made every­one feel good when he was around them.” Franzese added that, “When he loved you as a friend, he always had your back, and it was for life.”

PETER FRANZESE

Ma­rine veteran Keith Byrne, 41, was shot and killed dur­ing a road rage in­ci­dent in Davie, po­lice said.

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