JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - A Jacksonville Beach woman remains in critical condition nearly a week after she was found with life-threatening injuries, and a man accused of attacking officers checking on her welfare remains in jail.
Police discovered the woman badly injured Christmas Day inside her duplex on 1st Street near 19th Avenue in Jacksonville Beach. She was taken to Beaches Baptist Hospital, then airlifted to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. Police say she was scheduled to undergo more surgery on Monday.
Maximillian Michaels, 52, arrested after police say they he attacked officers who arrived to help the woman. After officers used a Taser gun to subdue Michaels, he was taken to Beaches Baptist for what were described as unrelated medical conditions.
Michael has since been booked into the Duval County jail on three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Investigators are not releasing much information about what they are calling a violent domestic disturbance between roommates, and have not released the victim's name. What is known is that the victim's neighbors called police to her home on Christmas Day because they had not seen her in a few days.
"She's a master gardener and she's pretty regular about tending to her garden and tending to her clients and stuff like that," said Ken Ackis, the neighbor who called 911.
When police arrived, a neighbor with a key let them in the apartment. According to police, they got into a confrontation with a man there and tased him.
"He walked down the steps, these three flights of steps and they kept telling him, 'put it down, put it down.' He turned around and walked back up and said shoot me," Ackis said. "Well they shot him with a Taser and he was singing like a stuck pig."
Police say the investigation of the incident is ongoing.
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