Published: Jan 09, 2012 3:57 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) - Authorities are investigating after a retired Broward Sheriff's deputy allegedly shot a man he said was threatening his children.
    
Former deputy Maury Hernandez was at a Miami Lakes ice cream store with his fiancée, mother and three children Saturday when police said the man began swinging at Hernandez and then the children.
    
Miami-Dade Police said Monday that 33-year-old Alain Romero was hospitalized in stable condition with multiple gunshot wounds.
    
According to Miami-Dade Police, Hernandez had the legal right to use a gun if he felt his life was in danger.
    
The Sun Sentinel (http://lb.vg/05k9w) reports 32-year-old Hernandez was forced to retire in 2007 after being shot in the head during a traffic stop. He spent more than two weeks in a coma and had to retire with a disability pension.
    
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Information from: South Florida Sun Sentinel, http://www.sun sentinel.com

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