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Ex-Broward deputy charged with trying to strangle wife

Former Broward sheriff’s Deputy Maury Hernandez, who made headlines more than five years ago when he was shot in the head during a traffic stop and made a near-miraculous recovery, appeared in court Monday after being accused of trying to strangle his wife.

Miami-Dade police on Sunday charged Hernandez with battery and domestic violence. His wife, Ivonne Linen, is a Miami-Dade police officer.

The judge allowed him out of jail Monday on $2,500 bond. He must stay away from his wife but he can visit their baby at his parents' house once a week.

Hernandez was in court on closed circuit TV wearing a red jumpsuit reserved for high-profile inmates. His mother and father were there along with his brother, a Hallandale Beach police officer.

Hernandez is the 33-year-old former BSO deputy shot in the back of the head on Aug. 8, 2007, while on duty. David Maldonado, a motorcyclist, was stopped by Hernandez for speeding through several red lights on Pembroke Road. He shot Hernandez, who fell into a coma and gradually recovered.

Maldonado was convicted of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and sentenced to life in prison.

Hernandez sued the Florida Department of Corrections for negligence two years later, claiming the department did not follow up on Maldonado’s explanation for possessing a gun. Maldonado, an ex-con with a lengthy criminal record, had said the gun was for work-related purposes.

In January 2012, Hernandez shot a homeless man in Miami Lakes. The man allegedly tried to assault Hernandez’s family at a shopping center on 16403 NW 67th Ave. The retired officer fired his registered gun several times at the man, who was wandering the area asking for money, and approached Hernandez, his then-fiancée and their children.