The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating while the deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave.
Middleton remains in Baptist Hospital where he will be in recovery for several weeks. He is expected to survive.
“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.”
A teenage girl who said she witnessed a portion of the incident said she never saw Middleton provoke the deputies.
“He wasn’t belligerent or anything,“ she said.
Middleton, too, said he is confused as to why the incident took place. Middleton said he is still awaiting an apology and explanation.