Accused shooter of BSO deputy denies being armed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A man accused of shooting a
Broward County Sheriff's deputy denies being armed and says it was
the deputy who opened fire.

On Tuesday, the videotaped interrogation of David Maldonado was played for jurors.

Maldonado is charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, which could carry a life sentence. He has pleaded not guilty.

When investigators on the tape told Maldonado they found his gun
at a nearby golf course, he accused them of setting him up.

Deputy Maury Hernandez testified he was on his way to work when
he saw Maldonado run three red lights on his motorcycle.

When confronted, Maldonado fled. Hernandez chased the man, and that's when Maldonado is accused of firing shots.

This was the first in a spate of officer shootings in Florida.

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