Family files lawsuit in shooting of Pensacola man
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) —
The family of a Pensacola man who was shot by Escambia County deputies in 2013 has filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff's office.
Roy Middleton was in his driveway looking for cigarettes in his mother's car in the middle of the night on Shadow Lawn Lane.
Deputies thought he was trying to steal the car. The sheriff's office later said deputies believed Middleton was going to lunge at them when they confronted him.
Two of the three deputies on scene fired 15 shots at Middleton, hitting him twice.
Middleton survived, but a bone in his leg was shattered and has since died.
The family's lawsuit claims the deputies used excessive force, violated Middleton's Constitutional right and were not properly trained by the sheriff's office.
They're suing for damages, pain and suffering, but have not listed a dollar amount.