Titus Bernard and 36-year-old Delvin Jamar Broner got into an argument at a Circle K on Monday. Witnesses say that Broner was the instigator. The argument progressed until Broner decided to take the fight to the next level and pulled his gun. Bernard, a concealed carry permit holder, pulled his gun and fired a few shots at Broner, who died right there on the floor of the Circle K convenience store.
The police confirmed that Bernard’s permit was valid and after talking to witnesses, determined that Broner had indeed started the fight and was the first one to draw a gun and determined that it was self defense. No customers or employees of the store were hurt in the incident.
Records show Broner was sentenced to two years in prison on drug possession charges following an arrest in Orange County Records in 2011.
He has been arrested more than 30 times since 1995 on charges ranging from drug possession to assault.
He was most recently arrested earlier this month on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, domestic violence battery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The victim in that incident, his girlfriend, said she did not want to press charges.
She wrote a letter to the judge earlier this month asking that the “no contact” order be rescinded.
She said the two have three kids together and he is a “great father although he has made mistakes in the past.”
Broner was first arrested at age 15 on marijuana and cocaine possession charges, records show.