Roy Middleton, 60, is still confused about the incident that took place in front of his home early morning Saturday.
While trying to retrieve a cigarette from his mother’s car in the driveway of his home, deputies in Florida’s Escambia County shot at him, resulting in non-life threatening wounds that sent Middleton to the hospital.
It all started when a neighbor saw someone reaching into the car and called 911. That person happened to be Middleton – who was unarmed – and looking into his own car outside of his own house.
According to PNJ:
Middleton said he was bent over in the car searching the interior for a loose cigarette when he heard a voice order him to, “Get your hands where I can see them.”
He said he initially thought it was a neighbor joking with him, but when he turned his head he saw deputies standing halfway down his driveway.
He said he backed out of the vehicle with his hands raised, but when he turned to face the deputies, they immediately opened fire.
“It was like a firing squad,” he said. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”
The sheriff’s office declined to comment on the incident. However, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.
The deputies have not been identified, though they have been placed on paid administrative leave.
As for Middleton, he’ll be spending the next several weeks in the hospital and will most likely have to pay for a huge hospital bill…and a new car.
“I’m just glad they didn’t hit me here or here,” he said, pointing toward his head and chest. “My mother’s car is full of bullet holes though. My wife had to go and get a rental.”
As if you needed another reason not to go to Florida.