Cindy Clark remembered Kenneth Shewey as a "wonderful man." (Published Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012)
A man fatally shot by a deputy after authorities said he refused to put his weapon down was remembered on Tuesday as a "wonderful" man by his ex-girlfriend.
"Kenny was a wonderful man, had a daughter, a grand-daughter. A beautiful person," said Cindy Clark, his former girlfriend.
Authorities released 53-year-old Kenneth Shewey's name on Tuesday after he was fatally shot in Pompano Beach by a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy on Monday night.
Shewey refused to put down his weapon after pointing it at someone, the sheriff's office said.
At 6:22 p.m., authorities went to 811 Southeast 22 Avenue in Pompano Beach, the sheriff's office said in a statement. When they arrived, they saw him pointing a .45 caliber handgun on second floor of the apartment complex.
He fired a round into the air, but didn't hurt anyone, authorities said. He was ordered to put down his weapon, but instead he continued to walk down the stairs of the condominium complex, still holding the weapon.
Sgt. Noel Mercado fired and fatally shot him, the sheriff's office said.
"He was disgruntled with his girlfriend. They had been broken up a couple of months. Things escalated and I had seen him with a pistol, and we called 911, and police came," said neighbor Joe Scuggs. "As things escalated, he says he would not be taken alive. Shots were fired and apparently BSO did their job. Too bad it was right around Valentine's Day.
Published at 4:25 PM EST on Feb 14, 2012