Accused cop shooter makes emotional outburst in Miami courtroom

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David Andres Mejia is accused of ambushing and then shooting a Miami Gardens police officer. (KTRK)

A suspected cop shooter in Miami made a dramatic outburst during his first court appearance on Saturday.

David Andres Mejia, 23, is accused of ambushing a police officer in a drive-by shooting, but Mejia claims he is the victim.

Mejia, dressed in a green suicide vest, spoke straight to the judge after hearing the charges against him.

"How does a kid who shot a church get a bond, but I can't get a bond, ma'am?" Mejia said. "I practiced by Second Amendment right, my life was in danger by crooked cops."

Mejia making his feelings known about police officers one day after being accused of shooting Miami Gardens officer David Starling as he sat in his patrol SUV.

The accused held nothing back during the bizarre exchange, even as his public defender urged him not to say anything.

"How about you don't talk! You work for them, you KKK member," Mejia said.

His public defender says Mejia is "clearly" mentally ill.

Mejia says he felt his life was threatened.

"They were trying to kill me, man," Mejia said. "Y'all got more blood on your hands than I got blood on my hands. What about my little brother, Trayvon?"

Mejia was likely referencing the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

After the emotional outburst, the judge sent Mejia back to his cell.

Mejia is accused of leading police in a wild chase after shooting Officer Sterling in the leg. Sterling, who called for back up, joined other officers and was there when he was arrested.
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