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: