Broward County

No charges likely after deadly shooting at Pollo Tropical

Davie police investigate Friday’s shooting in the Pollo Tropical parking lot.
Davie police investigate Friday’s shooting in the Pollo Tropical parking lot. Sun-Sentinel

A fatal shooting in a Pollo Tropical parking lot will not likely result in an arrest.

Police said Sunday they believe Cardiff Lindo, 33, of Davie killed Eric Primus, 49, of Tamarac in self-defense under the state’s Stand Your Ground law after Primus restarted an argument that began inside the Davie restaurant.

The shooting happened around 1:20 p.m. Friday at 2390 S. University Dr. in the bustling retail-and-restaurant area, bordered by Interstate 595 and Nova Southeastern University.

According to a Davie police investigation, Primus and a co-worker went to Pollo Tropical for lunch. While the co-worker sat near the window to make sure nobody stole tools from their work truck, Primus got into an argument with Lindo, another Pollo customer. Police say they didn’t know each other before the acrimonious encounter, which Primus revived after leaving the restaurant.

Primus and his co-worker were in their work truck when Lindo left the restaurant and headed for his car. Primus exited the truck to approach Lindo. A fight started. Lindo ended it by pulling out a gun and firing several times.

One shot hit Primus, who returned to the truck. Lindo called 911 as Primus’ co-worker drove him to the Chevron station next door to look for help. He was taken to Broward Health, where he died.

Lindo surrendered to police in the parking lot. Police said witnesses backed up Lindo’s account of the incident. Primus, police say, didn’t have a weapon.

Primus’ past includes two convictions for misdemeanor battery, one for battery on a law enforcement officer, one for false imprisonment and one for witness tampering. Lindo committed misdemeanor battery on an 18-year-old woman in 2013.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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