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Florida Driver Fatally Shoots Man in Road Rage Case

By: AP
By: AP

Pompano Beach, Florida (AP) --

A South Florida man says he was defending himself when he fatally shot an angry motorist who jumped out of his car and confronted him.

Cleveland Murdock said a passenger in a Honda jumped out of the
car on September 15, reached through a window and tried to open the door of Murdock's truck. Broward sheriff's deputies said Murdock then
fatally shot 33-year-old Patrick Lavoie.

Lavoie's girlfriend, who was driving the car, said Lavoie felt
Murdock was tailgating them.

Murdock, who has a firearms license and concealed weapons
permit, waited for deputies at the scene.

Detectives interviewed 38-year-old Murdock and later released
him. The state attorney's office will review the case.

Florida law allows those who fear for their lives to shoot to
kill.


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