Published: Sep 17, 2010 3:46 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 17, 2010 12:47 PM EDT

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida man says he was defending himself when he fatally shot an angry motorist that jumped out of his car and confronted him.

Cleveland Murdock said a passenger in a Honda jumped out of the car Wednesday, reached through a window and tried to open the door of Murdock's truck. Broward sheriff's deputies said Murdock then fatally shot 33-year-old Patrick Lavoie.

Lavoie's girlfriend, who was driving the car, said Lavoie felt Murdock was tailgating them.

Murdock, who has a firearms license and concealed weapons permit, waited for deputies at the scene.

Detectives interviewed 38-year-old Murdock and later released him. The state attorney's office will review the case.

Florida law allows those who fear for their lives to shoot to kill.