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.