Attorney Files Complaint for Hollywood Cop Shot in Head
|Hernandez, on his feet a year after the shooting.|
In a surprising twist, Hernandez's lawyer, Block, is the same attorney who in another case is representing Eric Brody against BSO. Brody was injured in a crash with a BSO deputy in 1998.
In the Hernandez case, the shooter, Maldonado, was caught later at his apartment; he is now serving a life sentence for attempted murder of a police officer. After a couple of years of surgeries and therapy, Hernandez's prognosis looks good.
Maldonado was on parole and packing a gun that both his parole officers, Daunte Foster and Rhoda White, were aware that he owned. According to the complaint, Foster was new on the job -- he'd been at it only four months -- and he was carrying a caseload of 100. Maldonado told Foster he needed the gun because he was working as a security guard, and even more weirdly, that he was a U.S. Marine. Maldonado had also tested positive for drugs. Parole officers are under strict requirements to report both possession of a firearm and drug use by a parolee under the state's "zero tolerance policy."
Foster and White never checked out Maldonado's incredible employment stories. If they had, they would have learned he was lying. And that would have saved Maury Hernandez a headache he's still recovering from.