Edward Miller Shooting: Florida Deputy Fatally Shoots Deaf Man At Vehicle Towing Yard
A Florida sheriff's deputy is currently being investigated after he fatally shot a man who allegedly suffered from hearing loss at a vehicle towing yard over the weekend.
The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Fryer's Towing Service after the victim, 52-year-old Edward P. Miller, got into an argument with the company's employees.
According to a Daytona Beach police report, Miller was being loud and rude because he was upset over his car fees, reports NBC affiliate WESH 2 news. Workers at the towing yard also told officers that they feared for their lives because Miller had a gun, the report said.
However, the report states that Miller told the officer that he was yelling because he was hard of hearing.
Volusia County Sheriff's Office Investigator Joel Hernandez, who was in plain clothes at the time of the shooting, says that he identified himself as a deputy before he opened fire.
Hernandez says he then fired six shots into Miller because he was "brandishing a firearm," reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
According to Miller's 25-year-old son, also named Edward Miller, Hernandez fired two bullets through the windshield and then fired four more shots while his father was sitting in his SUV. He claimed his dad had his licensed weapon concealed underneath his shirt at the time. Eye witnesses also said that the windows in Miller's car were rolled up when the deputy opened fire.
The victim's relatives say that Miller was deaf due to a childhood illness and could not understand the officer's commands.
A source close to Miller also said that he only had 1 to 2 percent of his hearing.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal also reports that Hernandez was involved in a fatal shooting in 2013, but he was cleared of all charges. However, weeks later the deputy was reprimanded for kicking a resisting man in the face.
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