The man killed in a deputy-involved shooting in Daytona Beach Saturday afternoon has been identified as 52-year old Edward P. Miller of Port Orange, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Brandon Haught. In addition, more details about the incident were released from the Sheriff’s Office early Saturday evening. Sheriff’s spokesperson Gary Davidson said there had been “…an altercation…” at Fryer’s Towing Service on North Segrave Street between Miller and “…employees outside of the business…” around 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Davidson says two Sheriff’s deputies were already at the Towing Service on an unrelated matter, when Deputy Joel Hernandez heard the verbal altercation between Miller and the employees, and went to investigate.
Davidson says that Deputy Hernandez identified himself as a law enforcement officer, and noticed that Miller was armed “…with a firearm.” The details of the events that followed are not being released yet due to the on-going investigation, but Davidson says Hernandez “…perceived a threat…during the encounter…” and fired his duty weapon, killing Miller.
Daytona Beach Police called about gun in Friday incident
Davidson notes that the Daytona Beach Police also “…had contact with [Miller] late Friday afternoon…” in a separate incident at the towing service. A report provided by the Daytona Beach Police Department says that Miller and his son had been involved in an argument with Fryer’s employees around 5:30 Friday afternoon. The report says Miller and his 25-year old son were at Fryer’s to pick up a vehicle Friday, and during the argument one of the Fryer’s employees noticed that Miller’s son “…had a hand gun holstered on his right side hip.” Daytona Beach Police were called and secured the gun from Miller’s son, and also returned the gun after verifying that the son had a valid permit to carry it. Police also said in their report that Miller’s son had not threatened the Fryer’s employees.
Police reported that a Fryer’s employee also said that she felt Miller “…was being rude and yelling at her.” Miller said that “…he may have been yelling due to him being hard of hearing however in no way was he trying to be rude to her.” The Millers did not have enough money with them to pick up the vehicle Friday, according to the police report, and police say the Millers were told they could get the vehicle when they returned with the complete payment. Police say Miller and his son then left, saying they would return Saturday to pick up their vehicle.
FDLE investigating incident
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was called-in Saturday afternoon to investigate the deputy-involved incident, and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has also been conducting their own investigation.
In the meantime, both deputies who were at the towing service Saturday afternoon have been placed on temporary administrative leave with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, a standard procedure in deputy-involved shootings. Davidson says Deputy Hernandez is 35-years old and has been an employee with the Sheriff’s Office since February 2003, and had been cleared in another shooting in January 2013 that was found to be justified.
This Examiner was at the scene along Madison Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, where numerous Daytona Beach Police Officers, along with several Sheriff’s Deputies and a fire engine with the Daytona Beach Fire Department, had responded earlier. Officers had the area between North Segrave Street west to at least the railroad tracks secured as a crime scene.
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