A 36-year-old man was shot to death early Monday during an argument at a gas station just west of downtown Orlando, police said.
Delvin Jamar Broner was lying on the floor inside the Circle K on John Young Parkway at Old Winter Garden Road when officers arrived shortly before 1 a.m., according to Orlando police.
They were called there by 29-year-old Titus Bernard, who acknowledged to shooting Broner after he drew a pistol, according to police.
Bernard, who has a valid concealed-weapons permit, told officers he was arguing with Broner inside the store when Broner pulled the gun, which was “partially concealed” under his clothes, police said.
Bernard then grabbed his gun and fired several shots, according to police. Emergency medical crews pronounced Broner dead at the scene.
Police said witnesses have corroborated Bernard’s account of what happened and told them Broner, who is a convicted felon, initiated the argument.
“Bernard has fully cooperated with the investigation and provided a statement,” a police spokeswoman said. No charges against Bernard have been filed.
Detectives said both men were customers at the gas station. No other injuries were reported.
Records show Broner was sentenced to two years in prison on drug possession charges following an arrest in Orange County Records in 2011.
He has been arrested more than 30 times since 1995 on charges ranging from drug possession to assault.
He was most recently arrested earlier this month on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, domestic violence battery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The victim in that incident, his girlfriend, said she did not want to press charges.
She wrote a letter to the judge earlier this month asking that the “no contact” order be rescinded.
She said the two have three kids together and he is a “great father although he has made mistakes in the past.”
Broner was first arrested at age 15 on marijuana and cocaine possession charges, records show.
A family member reached by phone declined comment, saying he needed to gather more information.
According to records, Bernard has arrested five times on misdemeanor charges such as larceny and resisting arrest without violence.
Reached by phone on Monday afternoon, he hung up on a reporter.
Police said 911 calls and any video of the incident would not be released at this time.
There are cameras inside the store although police didn’t say if they captured the incident.
No other details were released.
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