Man shoots nephew, at officer before being shot

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to provide names, details at afternoon briefing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police say a man who shot his nephew in the leg while laying on the couch of a Northwest Jacksonville home in the middle of the night then took a shot at police when they arrived.  An officer fired back -- 14 shots -- hitting the suspect in the leg.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says 65-year-old Larry Anthony Mixson shot his nephew, 32-year-old Reginald Mixon, about 2 a.m. Monday in the home they shared on Barry Drive West, off Edgewood Avenue.  Officers responding to a 911 call about shots fire learned on the way that one person was shot.

"The officers advanced to take the suspect into custody. The suspect again picked up the weapon and pointed it in the direction of the officers," said JSO Chief Adam Brown. "Officer (J.P.) Welch returned fire with his issued patrol rifle. The suspect fell to the ground."

Both Mixsons were taken to U.F. Health Jacksonville with non-life-threatening injuries.  No officers were hurt.


Reginald Mixon returned to the home late Monday morning (pictured), but didn't want to answer questions.

When released, Larry Mixon will be charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.

Police said they recovered a .38-caliber revolver from the scene with three live rounds and two spent cases.

Welch was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.

Investigators say they're not exactly sure why Larry Mixson shot his nephew, but it happened during a confrontation.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office photo of Larry Mixon from 1998 arrest
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office photo of Larry Mixon from 1998 arrest

Channel 4 learned that Larry Mixson (pictured) has a criminal history, including battery and carrying a concealed weapon, but has no arrests in the the past 15 years.

The nephew told police if it wasn't for his father pushing the suspect away from him, he might have been killed.

People who live in the area say things like this usually don't happen around here.

"It's just something that takes place everywhere nowadays, so it can happen anywhere," a neighbor said.