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Unarmed Florida Man Shot By Police In Own Driveway While Retrieving Cigarettes From Car
International Business Times ^ | July 29, 2013

Posted on 07/30/2013 3:23:16 AM PDT by Wolfie

Roy Middleton, Unarmed Florida Man, Shot By Police In Own Driveway While Retrieving Cigarettes From Car

Florida law enforcement officials are investigating reports that an unarmed man was shot by police in his own driveway while retrieving cigarettes from his mother’s car.

Roy Middleton, a 60-year-old resident of Warrington, Fla., was shot in the leg by Escambia County sheriff’s deputies on Saturday, the Pensacola News Journal reports. The shooting reportedly took place on Middleton’s driveway, as he attempted to retrieve a cigarette from his mother’s car. That’s when police arrived on the scene, investigating a report of a possible vehicle break-in, Fox 10 reports.

Middleton claims that he was searching the car for a loose cigarette when he heard someone say, “Get your hands where I can see them,” the News Journal reports. The 60-year-old initially thought a neighbor was playing a joke on him, but he turned to find Escambia County police standing with guns drawn.

The 60-year-old says that he exited his mother’s car with his arms raised, but police opened fire anyway, the News Journal reports. “It was like a firing squad,” Middleton told the paper. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”

Middleton remains in a local hospital and reportedly faces several weeks of recovery. “I’m just glad they didn’t hit me here or here,” he told the News Journal, indicating his chest and head. “My mother’s car is full of bullet holes though.”

“He was just coming home like he usually does. I don’t understand why they had to use so much force under the situation,” Middleton’s mother, Ceola Walker, told Fox 10. “I don’t understand how they could fire so many shots at him. He wasn’t resisting or anything and he was at his own house.”

Middleton added that he doesn’t understand what caused officers to perceive him as a threat and shoot him. “Even if they thought the car was stolen, all they had to do was run the license plate,” Middleton told the News Journal. “They would have seen that that car belonged there.”

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the Middleton shooting Saturday, but the incident is currently being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the News Journal reports. The deputies responsible for shooting Middleton have reportedly been placed on administrative leave.


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1 posted on 07/30/2013 3:23:16 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Too much coffee with their donuts.


2 posted on 07/30/2013 3:25:15 AM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: Wolfie
Obamascare law enforcement!

Don't Do Butts!

3 posted on 07/30/2013 3:30:52 AM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar said "Quae cum ita sunt. Since these things are so.".)
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To: Young Werther

riots!


4 posted on 07/30/2013 3:31:32 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Wolfie

Them LEO boys weren’t taking any chances, were they. Shot him in the legs at close range? Guy was in the car looking for something they thought was a gun probably, and they shot him in the legs because that’s all they could see.

I bet he wasn’t even all the way out of the car. Probably has entry wounds on the back side of his leg(s) too.


5 posted on 07/30/2013 3:32:13 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Wolfie

They must have been upset that he didn’t have a dog.


6 posted on 07/30/2013 3:32:15 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Wolfie

Well, there weren’t any dogs nearby. They HAD to shoot at something.


7 posted on 07/30/2013 3:32:42 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Wolfie

Smoking, citizen?

Bang.


8 posted on 07/30/2013 3:33:17 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: glorgau

Beat me by mere seconds.


9 posted on 07/30/2013 3:33:31 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

Too much coffee with their donuts.

...too much time spent watching SWAT teams on TV...


10 posted on 07/30/2013 3:34:47 AM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: Gaffer
I bet he wasn’t even all the way out of the car. Probably has entry wounds on the back side of his leg(s) too.

From another story:

The deputies reported they told Middleton to show his hands multiple times, but he lunged out of the car and spun toward them. Morgan said the deputies feared for their safety and opened fire, hitting Middleton in the leg.

11 posted on 07/30/2013 3:35:34 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie
The paperwork for their promotions has been initialed. But since they did not kill him, their promotions will be three

grades lower had they killed him.

The lesson to be learned from this is never call the police.

12 posted on 07/30/2013 3:35:36 AM PDT by sport
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To: Wolfie

It’s getting to the point where everyone should have guns EXCEPT police, at least in individual departments. This was NOT a lone Barney Fife incident.


13 posted on 07/30/2013 3:36:02 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Wolfie

Roid Rage.

Test every LEO involved with shooting for Steroids.


14 posted on 07/30/2013 3:37:21 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (dont worry about Mexico, put the fence around kalifornia.)
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To: Wolfie

That will be the official story.


15 posted on 07/30/2013 3:37:24 AM PDT by sport
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To: Wolfie

Probably too hard to look for someone walking their dog in the middle of the night.


16 posted on 07/30/2013 3:37:25 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Wolfie

Shoot an unarmed citizen without provocation, get yourself a paid vacation. How cool is that? /s


17 posted on 07/30/2013 3:37:30 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Wolfie

D@mn! The anti-smokers are getting out of hand. Maybe if he had a dog handy...


18 posted on 07/30/2013 3:38:12 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans
Too much coffee with their donuts.

'Roid Rage from steroid and caffeine abuse.

19 posted on 07/30/2013 3:38:16 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Wolfie

There has to be more to this story.


20 posted on 07/30/2013 3:38:41 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Wolfie

Where are the holster sniffers? 15 posts thus far and not one saying how brave the police were and how the man deserved to get shot.


21 posted on 07/30/2013 3:39:13 AM PDT by sport
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To: Wolfie
unarmed man was shot by police in his own driveway while retrieving cigarettes from his mother’s car.

Good thing he wasn't delivering newspapers...

22 posted on 07/30/2013 3:39:35 AM PDT by John123 (US$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)
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To: sport

It always is, and it always works.


23 posted on 07/30/2013 3:39:46 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Dr. Sivana

I wonder how many police forces are regularly target practicing on the “no more hesitation targets”?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/19/company-with-ties-to-the-federal-govt-designs-unsettling-targets-for-law-enforcement-community/


24 posted on 07/30/2013 3:40:32 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: Wolfie
The deputies reported they told Middleton to show his hands multiple times, but he lunged out of the car and spun toward them. Morgan said the deputies feared for their safety and opened fire, hitting Middleton in the leg.

What does the police dashboard security camera footage show?

25 posted on 07/30/2013 3:40:33 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: RegulatorCountry

And a promotion, probably.


26 posted on 07/30/2013 3:40:40 AM PDT by sport
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To: sport
The lesson to be learned from this is never call the police.

So, who called them? Did this guy get a low grade version of SWATted?

27 posted on 07/30/2013 3:40:52 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: hadaclueonce

Congressional investigation into steroid doping by today’s active and retired police (those receiving lifetime pensions).


28 posted on 07/30/2013 3:41:27 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Wolfie
"The deputies reported they told Middleton to show his hands multiple times, but he lunged out of the car and spun toward them. Morgan said the deputies feared for their safety and opened fire, hitting Middleton in the leg."

There needs to be home security camera footage with off site backup. We are all worried about the government spying on us all the time, but we need total recording of everything around us for our own protection - makes me think there is another sales point for Google Glass, as well.

29 posted on 07/30/2013 3:45:45 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Smokin' Joe
The initial story I read said a neighbor called. I first read of it yesterday evening.

These cops are dangerous this day and age. The casual attitude they have towards taking someone's life, [shooting them] demonstrates their distain for human life [other that theirs] and makes them poor public servants as they like to crow that they are. But they obey orders well, which will come in handy when they are ordered to round up the sheep for the slaughter,

30 posted on 07/30/2013 3:49:46 AM PDT by sport
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To: Wolfie

Sounds to me like they tried to shoot him in the back but just got the backs of his legs. If all these LEOs are so damned afraid of their safety, why are they hiring such pussies.

If there were any real reporters there, they’d be investigating where there really was a “report of a car break-in” Get the 911 tapes. Investigate the background of the victim AND the records of the officers involved. Make the police prove to them there actually was a weapon in the car that can be tied to anyone at the residence.

But I guess you know where that will go.


31 posted on 07/30/2013 3:51:37 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Wolfie
Sarah Palin was right about death panels; she just didn't have the details on the executioners.
32 posted on 07/30/2013 3:52:16 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Gaffer

It is best to keep the reporters out of it. Someway they will make it George Zimmerman’s fault.


33 posted on 07/30/2013 3:54:30 AM PDT by sport
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To: Wolfie

He looked like the family dog.


34 posted on 07/30/2013 3:54:44 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: sport

Investigative journalism now days is just one report asking another “Do you think this will hit the wires or even go ‘Network’ ?”


35 posted on 07/30/2013 3:56:01 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Wolfie

That’s a damn long time to get a cigarette out of a car — so long that a neighbor sits and watches so long that he decides to call the police? — and off-the-graph fast response time by the PD.


36 posted on 07/30/2013 3:56:48 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Wolfie

Zimmerman would not have reacted so violently without cause. Fire these donut farmers and hire him.


37 posted on 07/30/2013 4:00:00 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Wolfie

“...placed on administrative leave...”

All comments aside about their egregious actions, how about some remedial firearms training, too? They shoot as well as LAPD (ala those poor newspaper delivery women).

Lucky guy.


38 posted on 07/30/2013 4:04:51 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Vaquero

Was the victim black and the cops white or, was it the other way around? Perhaps it was “black on black”. No way to tell just yet. Where are the race baiters on this?

I am reserving my judgment comments until further details come forth.....


39 posted on 07/30/2013 4:07:43 AM PDT by DaveA37 (I'm for SMALLER , HONEST government)
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To: Wolfie
“Bullets were flying everywhere.”

“My mother’s car is full of bullet holes though.”

"...they could fire so many shots at him.

So... they shot all these times and hit him once in the leg?

40 posted on 07/30/2013 4:08:18 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Wolfie
“My mother’s car is full of bullet holes though.”

Must've been an SUV. Trying to stop global warming, dontcha know.

41 posted on 07/30/2013 4:10:07 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Wolfie

Have they found a “throw down piece” yet?

LLS


42 posted on 07/30/2013 4:13:31 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: hadaclueonce

TRUTH!


43 posted on 07/30/2013 4:14:02 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: jiggyboy
That’s a damn long time to get a cigarette out of a car — so long that a neighbor sits and watches so long that he decides to call the police?

So what? What if he wanted to sit there, in his car, in his driveway for hours? Would you call the cops on your neighbor if he did that?

44 posted on 07/30/2013 4:16:00 AM PDT by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: Wolfie

Did the 911 dispatcher tell the police officers to stay in their cruiser? Did the cigarettes have a high concentration of black tar in them?


45 posted on 07/30/2013 4:23:55 AM PDT by BCW (Book - http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Progov
Was the victim black and the cops white or, was it the other way around? Perhaps it was “black on black”. No way to tell just yet. Where are the race baiters on this?

Victim was black, cops were (unknown). I hope he sues the crap out of the county.

If I were rooting around in my car in my driveway in the middle of the night for something and I heard a voice behind me authoritatively bark something at me I probably wouldn't understand what was said- I have hearing issues. It would have startled me and I would come out of the car fast. I'm then faced with maybe armed people at close range- but I can't see them well, because my night vision was lost from being under the dome light. If they're shining a Maglight in my face it's worse- I'm effectively blind.

I agree- more details are needed, but this appears to be a serious screw up on the part of the cops.

46 posted on 07/30/2013 4:24:52 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: raybbr

The “so what” is, something’s wrong with this story.


47 posted on 07/30/2013 4:28:22 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Wolfie
Swatting would explain how the cops got there so quickly, however, time of day is not mentioned.

60 year old men usually have some hearing loss for quick word recognition from behind.

Roid rage and "officer safety" would explain the shooting, and the seriously low performance in thinking and shooting skills are standard for the "new cops", no longer Peace Officers.

Cowardice explains the rest.

It may be time to disarm cops.

48 posted on 07/30/2013 4:28:58 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Wolfie

Well I guess the good news here is that no pet dogs were shot and killed.


49 posted on 07/30/2013 4:31:05 AM PDT by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: Wolfie

Somebody’s gonna own a police dept.


50 posted on 07/30/2013 4:31:08 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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