Davie police to hold news conference about fatal CVS shooting

The Davie Police Department is expected to hold a news conference Thursday morning, a day after the mother of a man who was fatally shot at a CVS demanded that they release surveillance video of the shooting.

Sitting next to her attorneys Wednesday, Andrea Smith demanded that authorities release the surveillance video related to the Nov. 1 shooting that left her 20-year-old son dead.

"My son was my life and I'm not going to stop until I get justice for my son," Andrea Smith said.

Police said Matthew Barry replied to Andre Smith's Craigslist ad about selling an iPhone for $280 and agreed to meet outside the CVS at the intersection of Griffin Road and University Drive to make the exchange.

Detectives said Barry claimed that Smith tried to rob him, so Barry, who had a concealed weapons permit, was forced to shoot Smith in self-defense.

"It looks like Mr. Barry is attempting to get away from Smith," Davie police Maj. Dale Engle said. "The surveillance video also shows Smith pursuing Barry around different displays at the front of the store."

Smith's mother said her son wasn't armed and that Barry was the real aggressor.

Her attorneys are demanding that she be able to view the video to see what happened for herself. If not, they are threatening to file a lawsuit against the police department.

"We're waiting for some type of professional police work, and if it does not happen within hours, not days, we certainly will be filing that lawsuit," attorney Jose Baez said.

Meanwhile, Barry's attorney, Kenneth Padowitz, believes the evidence speaks for itself.

"I'm confident, once you review all the evidence in this case, it's going to back up and corroborate my client's situation that he was placed in and had to defend himself," Kenneth Padowitz said.
 

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