Grand Jury To Review ECSO Shootings Of Roy Middleton, James McGlothin

October 2, 2013

The State Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that it has complete its review of the FDLE’s investigative reports into the shooting death of James McGlothlin and the shooting of Roy Middleton. Both were shot in recent months by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

The shootings will be presented to an Escambia County Grand Jury beginning the week of October 7.

Roy Middleton

In July, an unarmed Roy Middleton was searching for a cigarette in his mother’s car when he was shot by deputies that had responded to a theft in progress call. Escambia County Sheriff’s David Morgan was Middleton was not compliant with his officers’ orders to get out of the car and put his hands up. Instead, the sheriff said, Middleton exited the car quickly with a lunging motion with one hand raised with something in it. Deputies then fired 15 rounds at Middleton. Morgan attributed the number of shots to “officer anxiety”.

Middleton and his family told a different story.  Middleton said he at first thought the flashlights were those of his neighbors playing a trick on him. He said he followed the orders given by deputies and raised his hands, holding his car keys with metal flashlight. When he turned to face the deputies, they opened fire.

The incident has received national media attention.

James Wyman McGlothin

James Wyman McGlothin was shot and killed by an Escambia County Deputy in early July at the Lago Vista Apartments in the 400 block of  South 72nd Avenue.

McGlothlin was reportedly driving a small red Honda vehicle when he ran off the road and became stuck in a flooded ditch off 72nd Avenue. He then ran into the apartment complex where a K-9 tracked him to a shed. Area residents reported hearing dozens of gunshots as deputies entered the shed.

According to a list released by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, McGlothlin was responsible for a long list of crimes in the area between June 21 and his death on July 5 including grand theft, vehicle theft, aggravated battery and the robbery of at least two businesses.


5 Responses to “Grand Jury To Review ECSO Shootings Of Roy Middleton, James McGlothin”

  1. David Huie Green on October 4th, 2013 12:14 pm

    “Cases like these should be heard in a federal court, because justice is essential.”

    Federal courts are always just?
    Non federal courts are never just?

    If that be so, then a federal system of government is inherently unjust, since it calls for state courts in most cases.

    David for justice

  2. melodies4us on October 3rd, 2013 11:31 pm

    Cases like these should be heard in a federal court, because justice is essential.

  3. David Huie Green on October 3rd, 2013 7:24 am

    Oh ye of little faith

  4. J P on October 3rd, 2013 6:15 am

    Deputies fired 15 rounds ??They need a coupla weeks at Edson Rifle Range in Camp Pendleton California & Some Rules of engagement training,deadly force & it’s use
    Ex Marine

  5. sr citizen on October 2nd, 2013 2:52 pm

    This is purely political. States Attorney puts it to a grand jury so they have cover when they do not pursue the case.

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