A woman shot Oct. 12 by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s detective who then fatally shot himself, told investigators that he told her, “You treat me worse than a dog,” moments before firing his gun, according to documents released Friday.
Surveillance video made public by Boynton Beach police show the moment of rage and terror that ended with Yuly Solano at Delray Medical Center and Michael DeMarco dead on the asphalt of the Inlet Harbor Club condominium complex.
On the video, DeMarco, dressed in his sheriff’s uniform and driving his unmarked sheriff’s car, approaches Solano as she walks her dog, Coco, at the Federal Highway complex. Then he pulls out his service weapon and shoots her once in the arm and twice in the chest before slumping and placing the handgun to his head.
In a Nov. 8 hospital-bed conversation with detectives — apparently the first time they could talk to the severely injured woman — Solano also said she’d ended their relationship a few weeks before the shooting “because he was being racist and very possessive of her.”
Solano also told detectives she had planned to file formal complaints about DeMarco with the condo board and property managers but had not gotten around to it before the shooting, according to the documents.
The interview is part of a 65-item package of materials released Friday. Boynton Beach police had released 160 pages of documents Nov. 6, and said the remainder were withheld at the time because police hadn’t yet been able to interview Solano and so could not close the case.
The package released Friday includes two surveillance videos provided by Inlet Harbor managers and taken from different angles.