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Family says man fatally shot by central Florida deputy was deaf

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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Family members say a man fatally shot by a Volusia County Sheriff's deputy was deaf from a childhood illness.

Sheriff Ben Johnson said after the shooting that 52-year-old Edward P. Miller was "brandishing a firearm" outside a towing service on Saturday afternoon in Daytona Beach.

The shooting remains under investigation by the sheriff's office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1uwdl0c ) reports the Millers were trying to pick up a car from the towing service when an argument broke out. Deputy Joel Hernandez and another deputy were at the business on another matter when they heard a heated argument going on outside.

Spokesman Gary Davidson says Hernandez noticed Miller was armed, perceived a threat and fired. Both deputies are on leave pending the investigation.


Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

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