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Roy Middleton, 60,  of Warrington, Fla., was shot in the leg about 2:42 a.m. Saturday morning while searching for a cigarette from his mother’s car in the driveway of their home.

A neighbor believed a burglary was taking place and called 911. While he was looking into the vehicle, deputies arrived.

Middleton said he was bent over in the car searching for the cigarette when he heard a voice order him to, “Get your hands where I can see them.”

Middleton said he backed out of the car, hands raised. But when he turned to face the deputies, they suddenly opened fire.

“It was like a firing squad,” he said. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the incident Saturday.

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.

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10 thoughts on “Florida Deputies Shoot Man, Roy Middleton, in His Front Yard

  1. I am not suggesting any one go anywhere and no matter what I love you my friend study your bible to know how GOD think he see no color he love all people that keep his commandment and love is one of them

  2. I don’t have any problem with white people but they always say go back to Africa if that is the case go back to Europe. this is GOD world he made it he put us in it now we think we own it wake up people get a grip blacks white what ever color you may be GOD made us all we can do it. we came togather when 911 hit lets come to gather now. GOD bless you all

  3. @candycoatedapple Everyone except the American Indians came from elsewhere. While you’re suggesting that blacks go back to Africa, pack your bags to go wherever your ancestors came from-unless of course you’re American Indian.

  4. I think blacks should go to Africa and help them rebuild and you all can create a super power with all of your education, strong work ethic and ingenuity. America Blacks are so smart and hard working that they could definitley rebuild Africa into a super power… take all the stuff you’ve learned in the U.S. and go build yourselves a super power… lots of resources in Africa.

    • charles mason on said:

      Blacks shouldn’t go anywhere… they(blacks), women, and minorities, should boycott Florida and the whole south. We help build this country. This is our country too, and I’ll be damn if I go anywhere. The south has gotten out of hand-AGAIN!

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