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BSO: Man shot dead in Pompano Beach appears to be case of self-defense

 

A man appeared to be defending his family when he fired his gun, killing a man, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

 

BY DIANA MOSKOVITZ

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A father fatally shot a man in Pompano Beach after the man threatened his family, swinging a piece of wood at his wife and kids, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

 

The shooting was still under investigation Monday.

 

“At this point, all indications so far point to this man defending his family and defending himself,” BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said.

 

It happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the 3000 block of Northeast Second Avenue, BSO said. The wife and two children walked out the door when a stranger confronted them.

 

The stranger swung a piece of wood at them, BSO said. It was two and three feet long and looked like it came from furniture. Then the father and his two brothers came home. “He sees this stranger going into his yard and he has this piece of wood in his hand and he’s swinging it toward his family,” Coleman-Wright said. “His wife and children were hysterically screaming.”

 

Emiliano Arellano, 37, got out of the car with his handgun, which he was licensed to carry, BSO said.

 

Arellano and his two brothers tried to stop the man, BSO said. The wife and 3-year-old son managed to get in the car, but the 5-year-old daughter could not, Coleman-Wright said. Arellano said he was going to call the police.

 

“And that’s when the guy lost it, became very agitated and made aggression toward [Arellano’s] daughter,” Coleman-Wright said.

 

Arellano fired once, fatally hitting the man in the chest. The same bullet hit Arellano’s brother, who was expected to recover.

 

Arellano stayed at the scene. He cooperated and answered questioned, BSO said. Deputies interviewed those involved and other witnesses, BSO said.

 

Why the stranger confronted the family remained a mystery Monday. He had no I.D. on him, and on Monday deputies were still trying to identify him.

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