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July 27, 2013 — Warrington

Two Escambia County sheriff's deputies responding to a burglary call found Roy Howard Middleton, 60, looking for a cigarette in his mother's Lincoln Town Car after dark.

The deputies, Matthew White and Jeremiah Meeks, ordered Middleton to show his hands and he complied. Deputies said he "lunged" at them, but a neighbor said he ducked his head back into the car for a split second.

The deputies opened fire, shooting 15 times and striking him twice in the leg, shattering it. Middleton survived the shooting. Read more

The FDLE investigated and the state attorney presented evidence to a grand jury, who ruled the officers' actions justified but also offered ideas to improve the department's training.

This was the 80th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, six officers shot one person in Hialeah .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Bonita Springs .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Police thought Middleton, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.
  2. Officers shot 15 bullets. The average was eight.

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