Jacksonville, FL -
A domestic dispute which led to a police shooting in Northwest Jacksonville, appears to have had little motive.
Officers were first called to the home on W Barry Drive in reference to a person shot. When they arrived, 65-year-old Larry Mixson and his brother, 55-year-old Reginald Mixson were arguing in the home’s garage. Larry Mixson was armed.
Chief Adam Brown says when the two officers began to approach the home, instructing Mixson to put down the weapon, the suspect instead fired a shot. Officer JP Welch then shot back nine times, and Mixson fell to the ground.
“The suspect again picked up the weapon and pointed it in the direction of officers,” Brown says.
He says Welch then fired five more times. Mixson was hit once, a non-life threatening injury. JSO has not yet confirmed whether that shot was in the first or second grouping fired by Welch.
Further investigation found Mixson’s nephew- Reginald Mixson’s son, 33-year-old Reginald Mixson Jr- had been shot in the leg while he was sleeping on a couch in the home.
“There really appears to be no motive, it seems almost like he just came up and shot him for no reason,” Borwn says.
The police report obtained by WOKV shows one officer overheard the suspect yelling that he had been pushed too far. JSO tells us there were no prior incidents recorded at that home dating back to the beginning of last year.
Larry Mixson has been charged with aggravated battery. Brown says there are pending charges of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer.
Welch has been placed on administrative leave per JSO policy. This is Welch’s first shooting.
JSO initially reported that the suspect and victim were brothers. They say that determination was made on faulty information, and have now confirmed the relationship as uncle and nephew.