December 5, 2013
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida Panhandle sheriff says his deputies feared for their safety when they shot at and wounded and unarmed man in his driveway.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said during a news conference Monday that two deputies responded to a 911 call early Saturday morning of a possible burglary and found 60-year-old Roy Middleton searching through his car. The deputies reported that they told Middleton to show his hands multiple times, but he eventually lunged out of the car and spun toward them. The deputies opened fire, hitting Middleton in the leg.
Middleton has said he was searching the car for a loose cigarette.
Family members told the Pensacola News-Journal that they've found 17 shell casings around the driveway, along with bullet holes in the car.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.