David Mejia accepts plea deal after shooting Miami Gardens police officer

A South Florida man accepted a plea deal Wednesday, more than a year after he shot a Miami Gardens police officer as the officer was sitting in his patrol car.

As part of the plea deal, David Mejia will serve four years in prison followed by 10 years of probation. He must also undergo a mental health evaluation.

Police said Mejia ambushed Officer David Starling Jan. 22, 2016, near Northwest 183rd Street and Northwest Seventh Avenue while Starling was writing up a crash report in his patrol car.

Former Miami Gardens Police Chief Antonio Brooklen said the officer was filling out the report when a black BMW sport utility vehicle passed by and the driver “backed up and ambushed the officer.”

The officer was struck once, but he got on his police radio, called for backup and gave a description of the SUV, Brooklen said.

As other officers joined the pursuit, the suspect “leaned out the window with a firearm and began to fire at the officers,” Brooklen said.

The SUV crashed at Northwest 183rd Street and Northwest 32nd Avenue. The suspect ran off but was later caught in a nearby backyard, Brooklen said.

Starling was taken to Aventura Hospital.

He appeared in court Wednesday for Mejia’s hearing.

Mejia faced 25 years to life in prison if a jury had convicted him of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

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David Mejia accepts plea deal after shooting Miami Gardens police officer

A South Florida man accepted a plea deal Wednesday, more than a year after he shot a Miami Gardens police officer as the officer was sitting in his patrol car.

As part of the plea deal, David Mejia will serve four years in prison followed by 10 years of probation. He must also undergo a mental health evaluation.

Police said Mejia ambushed Officer David Starling Jan. 22, 2016, near Northwest 183rd Street and Northwest Seventh Avenue while Starling was writing up a crash report in his patrol car.

Former Miami Gardens Police Chief Antonio Brooklen said the officer was filling out the report when a black BMW sport utility vehicle passed by and the driver “backed up and ambushed the officer.”

The officer was struck once, but he got on his police radio, called for backup and gave a description of the SUV, Brooklen said.

As other officers joined the pursuit, the suspect “leaned out the window with a firearm and began to fire at the officers,” Brooklen said.

The SUV crashed at Northwest 183rd Street and Northwest 32nd Avenue. The suspect ran off but was later caught in a nearby backyard, Brooklen said.

Starling was taken to Aventura Hospital.

He appeared in court Wednesday for Mejia’s hearing.

Mejia faced 25 years to life in prison if a jury had convicted him of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

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David Mejia accepts plea deal after shooting Miami Gardens police officer

A South Florida man accepted a plea deal Wednesday, more than a year after he shot a Miami Gardens police officer as the officer was sitting in his patrol car.

As part of the plea deal, David Mejia will serve four years in prison followed by 10 years of probation. He must also undergo a mental health evaluation.

Police said Mejia ambushed Officer David Starling Jan. 22, 2016, near Northwest 183rd Street and Northwest Seventh Avenue while Starling was writing up a crash report in his patrol car.

Former Miami Gardens Police Chief Antonio Brooklen said the officer was filling out the report when a black BMW sport utility vehicle passed by and the driver “backed up and ambushed the officer.”

The officer was struck once, but he got on his police radio, called for backup and gave a description of the SUV, Brooklen said.

As other officers joined the pursuit, the suspect “leaned out the window with a firearm and began to fire at the officers,” Brooklen said.

The SUV crashed at Northwest 183rd Street and Northwest 32nd Avenue. The suspect ran off but was later caught in a nearby backyard, Brooklen said.

Starling was taken to Aventura Hospital.

He appeared in court Wednesday for Mejia’s hearing.

Mejia faced 25 years to life in prison if a jury had convicted him of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

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Migrant boat intercepted near Dania Beach pier

A group of migrants have been intercepted by federal authorities off the South Florida coast.

Thirteen migrants were spotted about two miles from the Dania Beach pier.

Sky 10 was above the boat as the migrants had their hands on their heads.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection boat and Coast Guard boat were nearby.

Authorities had their guns drawn as the migrants were boarding the Coast Guard boat one at a time.

Two of the migrants were pulled onto the Customs boat and handcuffed with zip ties.

The blue boat with a sail had writing on the side that said “Dios Delante.”

It was not immediately known from where the migrants came.

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Attempt to make viral video leads to Burger King parking lot shooting, police say

Two out of three men who were involved in a shooting Tuesday in the parking lot of a South Florida Burger King are facing charges, authorities said.

Miami-Dade police arrested Daniel Rodriguez, 20, and Enrique Santana, 26, on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault with a firearm. Rodriguez faces an additional charge of tampering with physical evidence.

According to an arrest report, the suspects attempted to make a viral video of them causing a scene and harassing employees and customers inside a Burger King at 11595 SW 40th St.

Police said Rodriguez continued screaming obscenities while leaving the fast-food restaurant, which caught the attention of another man, Jorge Rodriguez, 59.

Authorities said the suspects exchanged words with Jorge Rodriguez as they got into their black Volkswagen Jetta.

The man, who told police that he thought the suspects were going to rob the business or attack him, said he retrieved a machete and told the suspects to leave the area.

According to the arrest report, the suspects drove toward the exit of the parking lot, reversed and Daniel Rodriguez jumped out and pointed a gun at Jorge Rodriguez while Santana yelled at him to shoot the victim.

Police said Jorge Rodriguez ran to his own vehicle and retrieved his gun as the suspects fled the scene.

The victim told detectives that the suspects returned about two minutes later and again Santana yelled, “Shoot him, shoot him.”

Police said Daniel Rodriguez leaned over Santana and pointed his gun at the victim through the driver’s side window.

The victim told police that he warned the suspects that he was also armed and he sought shelter inside the Burger King as the suspects once again left the scene.

Police said they returned for a third time and Daniel Rodriguez fired at the victim after the victim came outside the restaurant and approached the suspects, ordering Daniel Rodriguez to step out of the car and drop his gun.

Police said the victim attempted to seek cover by running between two vehicles, ultimately pinning himself between the cars.

The victim suffered bruising and swelling to both legs.

Police said Daniel Rodriguez got out of the Jetta, approached the victim and struck the victim in the middle of the back with a projectile.

The suspects then fled the scene for the final time, authorities said.

The victim was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Police said both suspects confessed to their involvement in the shooting.

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Walmart teams up with Google to tackle Amazon

If you can’t beat ’em, partner with Google.

Walmart is getting ready to go toe-to-toe with Amazon on voice shopping, teaming up with Google to enable people to order its products through Google Assistant.

Walmart is trying “to simplify people’s lives and help them shop in ways they’ve not yet imagined,” Marc Lore, who heads Walmart’s e-commerce efforts, said in a statement Wednesday.

The partnership is a direct challenge to Amazon’s voice shopping with Alexa, which the company has been heavily pushing with promotions and discounts. It’s also the latest example of how online shopping is forcing tech firms and traditional retailers to pool their resources.

Shoppers on Google Express, the tech company’s online shopping mall, will soon have access to hundreds of thousands of Walmart products that they can buy through voice using devices equipped with Google Assistant, like Android phones and Google Home.

The two companies are betting that voice shopping will play a key role in the future of online retail. The idea is that busy shoppers will happily allow artificial intelligence to sort out their shopping carts for them.

Like Amazon shoppers who use Alexa, Walmart shoppers who link their accounts to Google will be handing over data on their shopping habits, making it easier for Google Assistant to anticipate what you’re trying to buy based on past purchases.

Teaming up with Google is part of Walmart’s larger strategy to expand its online footprint in the fight against Amazon. The approach appears to be paying off: Walmart reported a 60% jump in e-commerce sales last quarter compared to the same period last year.

In another direct challenge to Amazon, Walmart also said Wednesday it will be introducing voice shopping to fresh grocery purchases across the U.S. sometime next year.

Amazon shocked the retail world by announcing its $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods in June. Whole Foods shareholders vote Wednesday on Amazon’s offer to buy the organic foods grocer.

And Germany’s Aldi, which operates nearly 1,700 stores in America, said last week it’s partnering with San Francisco’s Instacart to deliver groceries in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas.

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