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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — A grand jury decided a Fort Lauderdale detective was justified in using deadly force during a shoot-out in front of a pub earlier this year.

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According to the Sun-Sentinel, the jury decided Thursday Detective Mark Shotwell was justified when he shot and killed a man on the evening of July 3rd.

Before deliberations, Shotwell spent 30 minutes telling his account of the shoot-out in which he was also shot. He was off- duty at the time and was in the parking lot of Maguire’s Hill 16 Pub and Restaurant.

Broward Sheriff’s deputies said Shotwell was on his way home after eating dinner when he ran into restaurant server Christine Menatti in the parking lot. Investigators said she was trying to get away from her abusive boyfriend Richard Arruda.

Shotwell intervened and was shot in the process.

However, Shotwell managed to squeeze off a shot, which killed Arruda.

After he was pardoned, various jurors walked out of the room shook his hand and smiled.

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Shotwell who was on a ventilator and underwent various surgeries after the incident, has not returned to work.

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