Davie, FL – A U.S. Marine Corps veteran was murdered when he tried to apologize to the driver of a car he had inadvertently cut off in traffic.
The incident occurred at about 2 p.m. on June 7 when 41-year-old retired U.S. Marine Keith Byrne was driving his work truck and accidentally cut off a BMW as the two vehicles approached a stoplight, WSVN reported.
The passenger in the BMW, 22-year-old Andre Sinclair, wanted to confront the driver who had cut them off.
“At that point, the driver, Mr. Sinclair’s girlfriend, had grabbed him by the shirt, tried to prevent him from getting out of the vehicle,” Davie Police Lieutenant Mark Leone said. “He did get out armed with a gun and went towards the work truck.”
Sinclair jumped out with a gun, approached the work truck, and as Byrne tried to apologize for cutting off their car, he opened fire on the veteran, striking him in the chest, the Byrne family told Blue Lives Matter.
Byrne, a military veteran, drew his own legally-owned weapon and returned fire, striking Sinclair, WSVN reported.
“Mr. Byrne was acting in self defense when he ultimately fired back,” Lt. Leone said.
Neither Sinclair’s girlfriend nor their 19-month-old baby daughter in the back seat of the car were injured in the confrontation, WSVN reported.
Byrne died at the scene. Sinclair died two days later in the hospital.
The victim’s family is struggling to make sense of the tragedy, according to WSVN.
“I had just had lunch with him. I got the phone call at work, and I didn’t believe it,” Byrne’s son, Justyn Byrne, said. “I thought, ‘Danny is mistaken.'”
Justyn described his father as “a jokester. He was very playful, very foolish.”
He’s struggling with the manner in which his father’s life was taken from them.
“It’s not worth it. It’s not worth getting in any type of altercation, getting angry over insignificant things,” Justyn told WSVN.