Miami-Dade Police have identified Alain Romero as the man who was shot Saturday afternoon by a retired Broward Sheriff's Office deputy outside a Miami Lakes ice cream shop.
A statement released by police said that Romero, 33, is a known vagrant in the area and was behaving aggressively with patrons throughout the morning even before the shooting incident.
According to police, Romero approached retired deputy Maury Hernandez as he enjoyed ice cream with his fiancé and her children and engaged in an argument. When Romero then turned his aggression towards the children the altercation turned physical with Hernandez eventually firing shots at Romero, authorities said.
Police arrived to find Romero suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center and is in stable condition.
Hernandez made headlines in 2007 when he made a miraculous recovery after being shot during a routine traffic stop. Miami-Dade Police say he exercised his legal right to use a handgun.
"It's a constitutional right in this country to carry a firearm. If you do carry a firearm and you are permitted to, then you are allowed to use it if in fact you feel that your life is in danger,” said Miami-Dade Police Spokeman Alvaro Zabaleta.