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He once threatened to kill his fiancée. Now, police say he killed a man over his girlfriend.

Arturo Exum turned himself in Tuesday morning. Police say he fatally shot Chili’s Grill & Bar employee Lester Reid Monday afternoon at a Miami Gardens Chili’s.
Arturo Exum turned himself in Tuesday morning. Police say he fatally shot Chili’s Grill & Bar employee Lester Reid Monday afternoon at a Miami Gardens Chili’s.

A Miami man on probation for threatening to kill a previous fiancée allegedly killed someone who argued with his current girlfriend.

Miami Gardens spokeswoman Petula Burks said that Arturo Exum, 31, turned himself in to Miami Gardens police on Tuesday morning after Monday afternoon’s shooting at a Chili’s Grill & Bar. He’s charged with first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Here’s what Burks says went down at 19801 NW Second Ave. around 2:35 p.m Monday:

Lester Reid, 36, and a Chili’s coworker got into an argument. Whether prompted by the subject matter or intensity of the argument, the coworker felt the need to phone her boyfriend, Arturo Exum. He showed up to the restaurant and shot Reid several times, police said.

Exum, 5-11, 155, raced out of the restaurant. Reid was taken to Aventura Hospital where he died. The Chili’s remained closed today, a sign on the door reading, “We are closed today in an effort to take care of and support our team members.”

Exum, 31, is on a three-year probation after pleading no contest to charges of felony battery and felony domestic strangling in 2015. According to his arrest paperwork, angry over debit card use, he strangled his live-in fiancée until she was unable to breathe and passed out. After she awoke, he pointed a .380 Ruger handgun at her, said he was going to kill her, and racked the slide. He left the house declaring he’d return to finish what he’d started. The woman’s oldest daughter was in the home while this occurred. She got help for her mother.

The ex-fiancée had three previous temporary restraining orders against Exum, who had been charged, but not prosecuted in three previous domestic violence incidents against the same woman. The most recent of those incidents included a charge of aggravated battery against a pregnant woman.

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

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