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Sep. 20, 2014 — Daytona Beach

Fryer's Towing Service employees told deputies that Edward Miller was angry and had threatened them. Miller, 52, was there with his son to retrieve the younger man's pickup, which had been towed after a DUI stop.

According to authorities, Deputy Joel Hernandez approached the senior Miller as he was sitting in his Jeep Cherokee. He knocked on the passenger window and tried to get Miller to roll it down. Hernandez eventually opened the passenger door.

Seeing Miller's right hand in his pocket, he ordered him to show his hands. When he did not, Deputy Hernandez drew his weapon and repeated the order. Miller responded by pulling a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver out of his waistband. Read more

Hernandez fired four rounds, striking Miller each time and killing him.

Miller's son said that his father was deaf. He believed that Hernandez did not properly identify himself because he didn't hold up his badge to the car's window.

Hernandez, who had been involved in a fatal shooting the year before, was wearing plain clothes and had his badge clipped to his belt.

Deputy Matthew Andrake said that Hernandez had verbally identified himself when he walked up to the truck.

This was the 94th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Homosassa .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Palm Springs .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Hernandez was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Miller was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Miller pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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