PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - Three months after the deputy involved shooting in the 200 block of Shadow Lawn Lane that left 60-year-old Roy Middleton injured, authorities have released new information.
Officials have released a 9-11 call, dash cam footage as well as audio from a law enforcement scanner.
They said the situation began with a concerned 911 call from a neighbor.
Dispatch: "Sheriff’s 911, what’s your emergency?
Caller: “Yeah, we’re on Shadow Lawn Lane, somebody’s trying to steal my neighbors car.
Dispatch: "Okay, so they’re not trying to break in? They’re trying to steal the car?”
Caller: “Yeah, they’re already in the car, trying to hot wire it. “I actually was closing my child’s blinds and saw the light on in the car so I came outside to check it out.”
Dispatch: “Are your neighbors home?”
Caller: “Yes they’re home. They’re asleep."
Officials said responding deputies Jeremiah Meeks and Sgt. Matthew White approached the residence.
They said the deputies ordered Middleton, who was inside the car in the driveway, to get out and get on the ground.
Investigators said after refusing to obey commands – and exiting the vehicle with a metallic object in his hand – the two deputies fired around 15 rounds toward Middleton. Two of which hit him in the leg.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was asked to investigate. After three days of reviewing evidence, the grand jury found insufficient evidence for criminal charges.
After the shooting happened, Sheriff David Morgan said officer anxiety was a factor in the situation. The grand jury recommended more intensive training for deputies as well as better technological advancements.
Andre Lauzon watched the scene from the front yard of his home. He says he has mixed feelings on the grand jury's decision.
“It’s pretty much a hearsay situation. I hope the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office reprimands the officers, at least the ones that need to be. I don’t believe all the officers are at fault. But I hope something’s done whether they’re criminally charged or not,” said Lauzon.
The jury also recommended the Middleton scenario be re-created for training purposes.
Authorities said the two deputies are still on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
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