Roy Middleton, 60, struck twice in the legs while looking for cigarette inside his mother’s car in Pensacola, Florida
Sheriff’s deputies claimed 60-year-old man reached for metal object and lunged at them
Object that Middleton had in his hand was key chain with flashlight he got from his soldier daughter
Shooting left Mr Middleton in constant pain from injuries to his legs and nightmares
An unarmed 60-year-old Florida man has been shot twice in his own driveway by deputies who mistook him for a car thief.
For the past month, Roy Middleton, of Pensacola, says he has been living in perpetual pain and struggling to sleep, haunted by the events of the night when he was shot.
At around 2.30am on July 27, Middleton went to retrieve a loose cigarette from his mother’s Lincoln Town Car in the driveway on Shadow Lawn Lane when he was spotted by a neighbor.
iddleton lives with his wife and mother at the Pensacola address, and his name is listed on the insurance of the Lincoln, the Pensacola News Journal reported.
Believing that a car break-in was in progress, the resident called 911. Within minutes, officers Jeremiah Meeks, Sgt. Matthew White and Charles Wright arrived on the scene.
Meeks and White ordered the 60-year-old man to show his hands, and when Middleton allegedly hesitated and made what was described as a lunging motion, they unleashed a barrage of 15 bullets, two of them striking the man in the legs.
The officers and their superior, Sheriff David Morgan, have maintained that the use of force in this case was proper because Middleton did not immediately comply with their orders and appeared to reach for a metal object.
The victim, however, claimed that he was raising his hands when the deputies fired on him instead of asking for his identification or simply inquiring him if he lives there.
Middleton added that the object that put the officers on edge was nothing more than a key chain with a flashlight given to him as a present by his daughter, who is serving in Afghanistan.
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