Escambia County, Fla., deputies shot Roy Middleton, 60, in his front yard early Saturday as he looked for a cigarette in his mother's Lincoln Town Car.
(Photo: Kevin Robinson, Pensacola, Fla., News Journal)
Warrington, Florida (PNJ) -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement's investigation into the
deputy-involved shooting of an unarmed Florida Panhandle man is complete and
under review by the State Attorney's Office.
have received the investigative file from the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement, we've met with them and we're in the process of reviewing
the file," State Attorney Bill Eddins said Wednesday. "As we review the
file, we'll make a determination if there is any additional information
that needs to be obtained."
Middleton, 60, was shot in the driveway of his home July 27 by two
Escambia County sheriff's deputies while searching for a cigarette in
his mother's car.
deputies were responding to a neighbor's 911 call about a burglary in
progress. The deputies said that when they ordered Middleton out of the
vehicle, he failed to immediately comply and appeared to lunge at them
while holding a metallic object in his hand.
has maintained that he complied with the officers' commands to show his
hands and that the object he was holding in his hand was a key chain
with a flashlight attached.
fired at least 15 times at Middleton, hitting him twice in the leg.
Middleton has retained lawyer Lorenzo Williams, who is investigating the
case to bring a possible lawsuit against the Sheriff's Office.
addition to the Middleton case, the State Attorney's Office is
reviewing the shooting death of James Wyman McGlothlin, 39, on July 5.
a suspect in a string of burglaries, was shot multiple times by
deputies after he reportedly drew a pistol at them following a chase
through the Lago Vista Court apartments in the 400 block of 72nd Avenue.
Following the review, the State Attorney's Office will determine the appropriate action.