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Off-duty officer shot at bar released from hospital

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida detective who was shot at a Fort Lauderdale bar is on the road to recovery.

Mark Shotwell was released from the hospital Monday evening. The shooting occurred in the parking lot of Maguires Hill 16 Irish Pub, located on the 500th block of North Andrews Avenue, at around 7:30 p.m., July 3. According to police, the off-duty officer tried to help a waitress who was arguing with her boyfriend, Richard Arruda.

When Officer Shotwell confronted Arruda, a gunfight between the two men ensued. "Shortly after the male exited the vehicle, there was a gun battle between that subject and an off-duty Fort Lauderdale police officer," said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel. "The subject succumbed to his wounds. He is deceased."

Shotwell was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

One witness said, "I was inside, and I just heard popping, and being around the Fourth of July, we thought it was fireworks. We saw so many people running in, next thing I know, everyone was running in, and everybody inside was running toward the window to see what was happening."

He was released on Monday afternoon and now his wife has a heartfelt message for those who have supported her and her family. "Obviously, this has been an extremely difficult time for myself and my family," said Camille Shotwell, the officer's wife. "Hopefully we're on the mend, and we want to get past this," she added.

her husband has had two surgeries as a result of the shooting, but now he is home from the hospital. However, doctors note, it will take a couple weeks for him to completely recover. "I think we were in the right place at the right time," said Dr. Fahim Habib of Broward Health Medical Center. "The event occurred not far from here. EMS responded very, very quickly, and I think they brought him here as quickly as they possibly could."

Shotwell is a veteran homicide detective and was even named officer of the year. He has worked for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department for many years and is highly experienced. "We're always in a situation where it might be called upon us to take certain actions and be exposed to certain dangers," said Assistant Chief Raul Diaz of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, "so I think that's something we all discuss, and I know Mark trained extensively, as we all do, for situations that come up in the field."

The officer's family is thankful that he has been released form the hospital. "We did want to thank the hospital and the department and the city for all of their help and assistance," said his wife.

The investigation is still ongoing.


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