Police ID Homeless Man Shot By Ex-Broward Deputy

MIAMI LAKES (CBS4) – Police have released the name of the homeless who was shot multiple times by a former Broward Sheriff’s deputy during a confrontation at a Miami Lakes ice cream store.

Miami-Dade police said Saturday afternoon 33-year old Alain Romero, a known vagrant in the area, was “behaving aggressively” toward people at the Haagen Dazs ice cream shop located in a shopping center at 16403 NW 67th Avenue.

Former deputy Maury Hernandez, who made headlines in South Florida when he was shot in the head a few years ago during a traffic stop, was having lunch with his fiancée, mother and children, including two kids and a baby. Police said Romero started bothering Hernandez and his family and even took a swing at the former deputy.

When Romero turned his attention to Hernandez’s children, he and Hernandez got into a scuffle.  At one point, Hernandez pulled out a handgun and shot Romero several times.

Romero was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was listed as stable.

No charges have been filed against Hernandez.

Hernandez was featured in a story on CBS4 back in December 2010. He was shot in the head on the job while going after a suspect in Pembroke Park in August of 2007 when he was 28-years-old. Read more here.

Retired BSO Deputy Survived 2007 Shooting

Hernandez spent days in a coma and months in the hospital after his shooting in 2007.


    And that is why you dont mess with a mans family…..

  • J

    This is a very misleading headline.

    It should read: man assaults children, shot in process.

    His being homeless has NOTHING to do with the story.

    He was aggressive. He accosted someone minding their own business. He assaulted their children.

    Too bad it wasn’t fatal.

    • Mike Rebate

      An employee did not describe the behavior as aggressive. Why?

  • Mike Rebate

    A Casavana Cuban Restaurant employee who said he placed the initial call to police described Romero’s behavior prior to the ice cream shop altercation in less strident terms.

    “I wouldn’t say he was aggressive,” opined Eddie Laurent, who despite the police calling Romero a “well-known” person in the neighborhood

  • Sarah

    You go after a person’s children, and that person has a ticket to defend. If he didn’t mean any harm, he shouldn’t have gone after little kids. If someone acting even remotely out of control came near my children, I’d attack him/her, too. There are some things that are inexcusable.

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