Pines officer was justified in fatal shooting, grand jury's Sept. report says

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A Broward County grand jury cleared Pembroke Pines Police Detective Michael Silver for using deadly force during a domestic violence incident when two people died.

In its report, issued in September, the grand jury said it heard testimony from 10 witnesses — civilians and law enforcement personnel among them.

On Nov. 17, 2010, Jackline Fromin and Michael Savino fought inside the home they had shared for a decade in the 18000 block of Northwest First Street in Pembroke Pines.

The grand jury said Savino opened the door to the uniformed police officer, who found Fromin, 54, on her hands and knees, crying hysterically.

She warned the officer that Savino, 60, had a weapon in his pocket.

Savino at first stared at the officer, then ignored Silver’s orders to put his hands on a wall.

After confirming to Silver that he did have a gun, Savino pulled the weapon from a pants pocket and pointed it toward Fromin, the grand jury report states.

Refusing commands to drop his weapon, Savino fired once. He struck Fromin in her head and killed her instantly.

Almost simultaneously, the grand jury found, Silver fired five shots and fatally struck Savino.

Silver was put on paid administrative leave for three days, and with his regular time off, returned to duty six days after the incident.

The panel also viewed video filmed at the scene and heard a recording of the 911 call, as well as expert testimony on autopsies, ammunition and firearm evidence, and police training for the use of force.

It found that Silver’s use of deadly force in an effort to protect Fromin — when the officer’s bullets struck Savino in the heart, left lung, right kidney and left arm — was justified.

A former road patrol officer, Silver has since become a detective in the investigations division with the Pembroke Pines Police Department, where he has worked since 2003, agency spokesman Sgt. Darryl Curtis said.

Friends and relatives expressed shock that Fromin and Savino, both parents from previous relationships, died in such violent ways.

She was a popular staffer at Rickey’s Sports Bar & Grill, colleagues said.

He had experienced financial troubles but was looking toward the future, relatives said.

The night they died, Fromin told a 911 dispatcher they had been drinking and that Savino wanted to have her committed under the state’s Baker Act.

When asked if there were any weapons in the house, Fromin told the dispatcher, “Not that I know of,” and that she was OK to hang up and wait for the officer to arrive, the grand jury found.

 

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