WEAR ABC 3 - Search Results
Roy Middleton opens up about being shot by Escambia County deputies
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Roy Middleton is opening up even more about what happened the night deputies shot him. He begins physical therapy next week but the journey will be long both physically and mentally.
He's now haunted by nightmares. Nearly a month ago Escambia County deputies shot at least 15 rounds at him. Middleton said, "Why they shot me, why shoot so many times after, yea I ask why, that's all I can ask."
It all happened after a neighbor called 911 after spotting Roy Middleton in his own driveway rummaging through a car. He was mistaken for a car thief. Deputies asked him to put him hands up.
Middleton said, "I was fully in compliance with them, that's what surprised me most of all, by complying I got shot."
However the Escambia county sheriff, David Morgan is defending the officers who shot him. Morgan says Middleton lunged at deputies. Morgan said, "The point to making the comments about the lunging was his herky jerky movements that he was making. And again a failure to follow the deputies instructions."
Middleton disagrees. He said he fully complied, "Why would i lunge at them when they are halfway down my driveway. How am i going to lunge at them. With what? I'm doing what they ask me, raise my hand and got shot in doing that."
13 rounds missed Middleton. Two bullets hit him and his left leg is now shattered. He says after he was shot, they handcuffed him. Middleton said, "Here i was walking last week. Now I am wounded can't walk... have to stay in the house doing nothing."
Now he's asking for justice and an apology. "I would like them to know they made a mistake and like them to admit it." Middleton continues, "They had to make a mistake, I wasn't doing anything wrong and I was in my own yard."
Middleton is beginning the legal process to pursue a civil suit against the Sheriff's office for excessive force.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident.