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Byrne died at the scene while Sinclair died at the hospital Sunday. Investigators say had he lived, Sinclair would have been charged.
Police believe a confrontation involving one vehicle mistakenly cutting off another led to an altercation on Friday that left two men dead in a shootout on a Davie roadway.
At a press conference Wednesday morning, Davie Police Sgt. Mark Leone identified the victims and detailed the incident that took place around 2 p.m. on Flamingo Road near Southwest 8th Street.
According to Leone, 41-year-old Keith Byrne was driving his white pickup truck when he told a person he was on the phone with that he thought he cut someone off and planned to apologize at the light.
The passenger in the blue BMW that police say Byrne cut off, identified as 22-year-old Andre Sinclair, got out of the car with a gun in his hand and approached Byrne’s truck. Leone said the person on the phone heard shots being fired.
"Mr Byrne said 'I think I've been shot,' started slurring his speech, and the phone call was disconnected," Leone said.
After an exchange of gunfire, Byrne was killed at the scene while Sinclair died at the hospital Sunday. Byrne suffered one gunshot to the chest, while Sinclair was shot several times, Leone said.
Investigators said had he lived, Sinclair would have been charged in the case as he was the primary aggressor.
"It is believed through our investigation that Mr. Byrne was acting in self defense when he ultimately fired back at Mr. Sinclair," Leone said.
The driver of the BMW, described as Sinclair’s girlfriend, drove away from the scene with their infant child in the car. Police were able to make contact and say she was not attempting to flee the area.
"There's no other words but pointless and silly that two people had to lose their lives over a road rage incident," Leone told reporters. "Even if it was intentional, it’s completely pointless."
Leone said both men did have concealed carry permits for their weapons.