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Dash cam video, 911 recording released in Middleton shooting probe
ESCAMBIA COUNTY - New details are emerging about a deputy-involved shooting that wounded an unarmed Escambia County man.
On Wednesday, it was announced that a grand jury decided the deputies involved in the incident will not face criminal charges for shooting Roy Middleton.
Then overnight, the words, "Dead man walking," and "Why Kill?" were painted on Middleton's car. It was parked outside his home on Shadow Lawn Lane.
On July 27, deputies were investigating a report of a possible car theft when they opened fire on Middleton, who says he was getting a cigarette out of his car.
On Thursday, the State Attorney's Office released dash cam video and audio recordings from the incident.
A deputy can be heard saying, "Shots fired, Escambia!" in a dispatch recording. The agency also put out dash cam video, which shows deputies running on the street outside the home.
A recording of a 911 call made by Andre Lauzon, Roy Middleton's next door neighbor, has also been released.
"Someone's trying to steal my neighbor's car. It's a black male," Lauzon can be heard saying.
A 911 dispatcher asks, "Can you tell what he's wearing or no?" and Lauzon replies, "He's wearing a black tank top."
Lauzon later told us that from his perspective in the yard next door, Middleton appeared to be fully cooperating with deputies, who were investigating reports of a possible car theft.
"I think he was complying," Lauzon said in August, "I don't have any doubt even not being able to see what was going on that he was complying with them."
The two deputies, who fired at least 15 rounds, said they thought Middleton was about to lunge at them. It was later discovered that Middleton was searching his car for a cigarette.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has released a report detailing its investigation into the case.
Among the agency's findings:
-Toxicology tests done on Middleton on the day of the shooting showed he had cocaine and prescription drugs in his system.
-Middleton admitted to investigators that he'd used crack cocaine the day before the shooting. He also said has prescriptions for several medications and had been receiving injections for severe back pain.
Sheriff David Morgan has said he'll conduct his own internal investigation of the case, once he's received the Florida Department of Law Enforcement report. The deputies involved remain assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation.