Doctor Claims Self-Defense in Fatal Shooting at South Beach Condo

Details of last week's fatal shooting at a South Beach condominium continue to emerge.

Miami Beach Police said 40-year-old Richard Petik was the victim of a brutal murder at the Flamingo Miami Beach at 1500 Bay Drive.

NBC 6 has learned the apparent shooter is a doctor, and according to his lawyer, this was an act of self-defense.

Dr. Andrew Pastewski reportedly shot and killed Petik in a glass corridor that connects condo towers at the Flamingo on Aug. 14.

Both men lived in the building.

The doctor's lawyer, Sean Ellsworth, sent out an email on Tuesday, saying Petik had been harassing Pastewski and his pregnant fiancee: "The unfortunate incident at the Flamingo culminated in an act of self-defense by Dr. Pastewski, who was attacked by an individual who had been threatening, harassing, and stalking both Dr. Pastewski and his pregnant fiancee for months."

Miami Beach Police confirmed one of the angles they're investigating is that there was some sort of love triangle.

"As far as what I've heard is that there was a domestic dispute on Friday where it was a husband and wife, and there was a restraining order against another man who was stalking the wife from a previous relationship," said Flamingo resident, Jen Faber.

An email sent out by management to Flamingo residents stated the incident was likely the result of an isolated, ongoing domestic dispute.

Charges have not been filed against Pastewski.

Miami Beach Police and the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office are still investigating.

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