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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — A camera perched at the entrance of a Fort Lauderdale pub and restaurant captured the deadly shoot-out between an off-duty homicide detective and an allegedly abusive boyfriend.

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The exclusive footage obtained by CBS4 shows a blue Honda speed into the parking lot of Maguire’s Hill 16 Pub and Restaurant on the evening of July 3rd.  A woman, Maguire’s waitress Christine Menatti – who was driving – and her boyfriend, Richard Arruda, exit the vehicle.

Menatti told detectives she and Arruda were driving from another restaurant when they argued about an incident there.

“We were drinking. I guess one of the regulars was touching my leg, he got mad, so we decided to leave. On the way here, on the way home (he) actually (expletive) decided to hit me in the eye,” she said.

Menatti said she pulled into Maguire’s because she felt secure there, then she saw Shotwell – who she knew – in the parking lot.

“I got behind him because I felt safe,” she said.

Click here to watch Carey Codd’s report. 

The surveillance video shows Fort Lauderdale Homicide Detective Mark Shotwell walking out of the pub and observing the couple in a heated argument.

Shotwell, who was off-duty at the time, said he noticed there was a problem between Menatti and Arruda. Shotwell was interviewed by a Broward Sheriff’s Office Detective three weeks after the incident. Shotwell explains what happened in the parking lot.

Shotwell told a detective that he asked Arruda if there was a problem.

He said Arruda answered, “not if you don’t make one.”

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The off-duty detective said he noticed Arruda pivot his body with something in his hand.

“At the time his body is pivoting.  And I could tell by the way the hand is spread there’s something in his hand,” Shotwell told the BSO Detective.

“My training put me in mind that it’s a weapon and it’s gonna be a problem.  My Glock 26 is in an ankle holster that’s secured to my left ankle.  As I bent forward, I took one shot to the chest.

“I knew right away it was bad.  I knew I wasn’t shot in the head.  I knew I still had my arms, but it was a very heavy, very wet hit.  I pulled (my) gun upright.  I pointed the gun at him and began to discharge.”

The detective asked Shotwell, ‘Okay, you remember about how many times you discharged?”

“My mind is telling me five to seven,” answered Shotwell.  “It’s probably a couple more than that.”

Arruda died on scene. Detective Shotwell was rushed to the hospital and survived. A grand jury recently cleared Shotwell of any wrongdoing in the shooting.

On Tuesday night, the city of Fort Lauderdale named Shotwell its’ officer of the month for November.

“He is what we call a true hero,” said Police Chief Franklin Adderley.

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