August 1st, 2013
09:44 AM ET

Sheriff on Shooting Unarmed Man in his Driveway: "He Did Not Comply"

Police officers opened fire at Roy Middleton, an unarmed man, while coming out of a car in the driveway of his home in Pensacola, Florida. David Morgan, Escambia County Sheriff, spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo to defend the officers' actions and says they “followed standard protocol.” Police officers were responding to an early morning 911 call related to vehicle theft.

“Right now, we’re comfortable from a training perspective that our officers, in fact, did follow standard protocol,” says Morgan.

Accounts by Middleton and officers of the events that led to the altercation differ. Middleton, a 60-year-old African American man, is recovering from injuries that are not life-threatening at a local hospital. Sheriff Morgan turned the case over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and state attorney for further investigation.

Watch background on situation reported by CNN's Nick Valencia here:

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  1. Jim C

    Who is going to protect the public from these trigger happy cops? The man is in his own car, in his own driveway, why does he need to "comply." And of course the cops get to investigate themselves so I'm sure it will be impartial and thorough. Disgusting.

    August 1, 2013 at 11:41 am | Reply
  2. Robert Bugsch

    Why are you NOT showing the entire interview with the sheriff??? Are you hiding the fact that he mentioned two stories, of black on white crime that many news agencies such as yours did not cover??? Play it all. Its called Journalism, look up the definition. Stop making everything about Race!!!!

    August 1, 2013 at 10:52 am | Reply

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