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.
Byrne hopped out of his truck and went to try and apologize to the woman driving the BMW.
But the passenger, 22-year-old Andre Sinclair, wasn’t interested in civil conversation, WSVN reported.
“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.”
As Byrne approached the car, Sinclair jumped out with a gun and opened fire on the veteran, striking him in the chest, WSVN reported.
Byrne, a military veteran, drew his own legally-owned weapon and returned fire, striking Sinclair.
“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.