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(Source: Broward Sheriff's Office) Ronald Melnik

(Source: Broward Sheriff’s Office) Ronald Melnik

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FT. LAUDERDALE – (CBS4) 2010 ended with violence at one Fort Lauderdale party when one man shot another dead after he offered some help.

According to Fort Lauderdale Police Det. Travis Mandell, Reza Payan, 36, was shot by Ronald Melnik, 38 after the two began an argument.

The shooting happened at 215 SW 8th St. in Ft. Lauderdale, where a party was being held Friday night to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Mendell said Payan thought Melnik had been drinking too much at the party, and told Melnik he should go home. When Payan offered to give him a ride, Melnik apparently pulled out a gun and shot the would-be Good Samaritan.

Mendell said Payan was taken to Broward General Medical Center, where he died.

Police said Melnik turned himself in, and has been charged with murder.

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