The police department in Escambia County, Florida is under investigation after multiple officers opened fire on a 60-year-old man in his own driveway over the weekend, seemingly without explanation.
Two sheriff’s deputies — Jeremiak Meeks and Matthew White —
responded to a 911 call about a possible burglary at
approximately 3am local time on Saturday. When they arrived, Roy
Middleton was leaning into his mother’s car in front of his home,
looking for cigarettes.
The officers claim they called out to Middleton several times,
demanding that he put up his hands before he supposedly lunged at
Middleton, who was unarmed except for keys and a flashlight, was
shot in the leg. At least five bullets hit his mother’s car and
the side of her house.
“It was like a firing squad,” Middleton told the Pensacola
News Journal, maintaining that he backed out of the car slowly
and made his hands visible before police shot him. “Bullets
were flying everywhere.”
Middleton said he would recover within several weeks but that a
metal rod would need to be implanted into his leg. Despite
several shattered bones, his wounds are not life-threatening.
“Even if they thought the car was stolen, all they had to do
was run the license plate,” he said. “They would have seen
that the car belonged there.”
Escambia County Sherriff David Morgan said in a news conference
Monday that the two deputies, who have been placed on paid
administrative leave, were in “fear for their safety.”
“As much as we are trained and as much as officers — which
have Type A personalities — like to say we are in control, we are
not,” Morgan said.
Multiple neighbors said they were woken by the police shooting.
One resident said the incident made her want to lock her doors at
“I thought it was firecrackers, my girlfriend didn’t,” one
man said to WEAR-TV. “Then we jumped up to look out the window
and saw deputies carrying shotguns and stuff.”
Middleton’s mother, Ceola Walker, was asleep inside when multiple
bullets hit the side of her home.
“He was just coming home like he usually does,” she told
Fox 10 TV. “I don’t understand why they had to use so much
force under the situation. I don’t understand how they could fire
so many shots at him. He wasn’t resisting or anything and he was
at his own house.”
Republished from: RT