Nation briefs

FLORIDA

Officer shot in shoplifting incident

MIAMI — An apparent shoplifting incident at a Miami store parking lot Wednesday left a police officer with a gunshot wound and a second person dead, authorities said.

Manuel Gonzalez was working an off-duty detail in uniform to provide security at a Walmart when he confronted the shoplifting suspect, Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said at a news conference. Gonzalez and David Facen exchanged shots at close range and the officer was struck multiple times, Perez said.

The 54-year-old Facen was killed by the officer.

“Our officer is going to be OK. Right now, he’s in good spirits despite being shot multiple times,” Perez said. “God was with him today. I can’t emphasize that enough.”

Virginia

Former NFL player sentenced for fraud

RICHMOND — A former University of Virginia and pro football player has been sentenced to 40 years for running a $10 million fraud scheme that victimized more than 50 investors.

Federal prosecutors said in a news release that 37-year-old Merrill Robertson Jr. of Chesterfield was sentenced Wednesday. He was convicted in August on 15 offenses, including mail and wire fraud and money laundering.

Prosecutors say Robertson and a co-conspirator operated Cavalier Union Investments in Richmond. Authorities said Robertson targeted former coaches, donors, alumni and employees of schools he had attended.

According to the documents, Robertson sold promissory notes that he claimed would pay an annual return of up to 20 percent. Instead, prosecutors charged, he used the invested money for cars, vacations and a luxury suite at a football stadium.