Pollo Tropical Customer Who Fatally Shot Another Diner Acted in Self-Defense: Police

Police say they will not charge a Pollo Tropical customer who fatally shot another diner, saying he acted in self-defense.

According to a statement released Sunday, Davie police have concluded that 33-year-old Cardiff Lindo shot 49-year-old road construction worker Eric Primus after being attacked Friday in the parking lot of a Pollo Tropical.

Davie Capt. Dave Engle said Lindo and Primus had argued inside the restaurant. Primus and a co-worker went back to their truck. Engle says that when Lindo went to his car, Primus attacked him. Engle said that Lindo pulled a gun and shot Primus.

Lindo stayed and called 911.

Primus and his co-worker fled and stopped at the Chevron Gas Station just north of the Pollo Tropical to find help. Primus was transported to Broward Health Medical Center where he later died.

Investigators say Primus and Lindo did not know each other prior to the incident.

Under Florida's Stand Your Ground law, a person can use deadly force if they believe it's necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.

Pollo Tropical reacted to the deadly shooting, tweeting "We are heartbroken to learn that the victim in this senseless shooting has died, and our hearts go out to his family and loved ones."

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