Broward Co. sheriff's deputy shot; suspect in custody
Video: BSO deputy shot
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) -- A motorcyclist shot an off duty Broward County sheriff's deputy Monday after he was pulled over during a routine traffic stop, authorities said. The officer was in critical condition.
Deputy Maury Hernandez suffered "a serious catastrophic injury to the right side of his head," and is on a mechanical ventilator, Sheriff Ken Jenne said.
Hernandez, 28, was on his way to work around 11:50 a.m. when he stopped David Maldonado, 23, of Hollywood, for a routine traffic stop. Maldonado fled on foot, then turned around and shot the deputy, authorities said in a statement.
Maldonado was arrested moments later at a nearby condominium, officials said.
Nearly a dozen officers and rescue workers helped load the deputy onto a stretcher. He was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where he underwent surgery.
"The next couple of days we're going to have to say a lot of prayers for him," said Jenne, who was at the hospital.
Hernandez worked in one of the agency's specialized units and was on his way to a large undercover operation. He was not in uniform, authorities said.
Dozens of marked and unmarked patrol cars surrounded the scene. The deputy's brother works with nearby Hallandale Police Department, which also responded to the call, she said.
Investigators closed off a road in the area and were looking for evidence.
Hernandez has worked with the agency since 2002.