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Man who shot Fla. deputy practiced headshots often

By Ihosvani Rodriguez and Macollvie Jean-Francois
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Related: Gunman shoots undercover Fla. deputy in the head

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. Before his encounter Monday with Broward Sheriff's Detective Maury Hernandez, David Maldonado spent time at a gun range improving his marksmanship and compiling an unusually bad driving record, Sheriff Ken Jenne and records revealed Tuesday.

Maldonado, 23, told authorities he fled from Hernandez because he did not want to miss the birth of his child, Jenne said. The sheriff said Maldonado denied shooting the deputy, who was fighting to survive a head wound Tuesday, and said he was trying to get away because he feared a return to jail for violating the terms of his probation.

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