PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - An Escambia County grand jury has completed its review of the shooting incident of Roy Middleton and has returned a No True Bill in the case.
That means the grand jury found insufficient evidence to establish that criminal violations were committed.
In addition, the grand jury also returned a report making recommendations to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office regarding training and procedures.
While the grand jury came back deciding no criminal charges should be filed, they did so with a number of recommendations. They suggested more intensive training for the first four years of a deputy's career, better mentoring between junior and senior deputies and the suggestion that the scenario involving Middleton be recreated for training purposes.
In a letter to Florida State Attorney Bill Eddins, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said the department is continuing their investigation into Middleton's shooting.
Sheriff Morgan said they are looking to see if there were any policy violations and to identify any additional areas for improvement.
Officials said Middleton was wounded when he was shot several times at 2:40 a.m. July 27, 2013.
Middleton's mother, Ceola Walker, said Middleton getting something out of a car early that morning. Authorities said deputies had responded to the home on Shadow Lane Drive to a report of a possibly vehicle break-in.
That's when sheriff's office said the deputies fired at least 15 shots on Middleton, hitting him several times.
"It felt like I was in front of a firing squad," Middleton said.
"He was just coming home like he usually does. I don't understand why they had to use so much force under the situation," Walker said. "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."
The sheriff's office has defended its two deputies, who are currently on paid administrative leave.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan released a statement on October 16, 2013 to State Attorney Bill Eddins that reads:
"We look forward to reviewing the report of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in this case. The actions of the Deputies involved in the Middleton case will be further evaluated pursuant to our internal investigation policy. We will investigate the incident to determine whether there were any policy violations and to identify any additional areas for improvement. Mr. Middleton will have the opportunity to testify during the investigation. We look forward to making a full public disclosure of the results once the investigation process is complete."
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