Woman critically injured in Christmas Day dispute

Jacksonville Beach police officers attacked when they arrived to help

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - A Jacksonville Beach woman remains in critical condition after a violent attack in her own home on Christmas Day, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

Police discovered the woman badly injured on Christmas Day.

Investigators are not releasing much information but said the woman's neighbors called them to her home.

The attack happened in a duplex on 19th Avenue South and 1st Street South in Jacksonville beach.

People who live near the woman said when they noticed she wasn't out in her garden working every morning for a few days like she always did, something had to be wrong.

"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.

Ackis has lived across the street from the woman for years. When he and other neighbors realized they had not seen the woman for days, he called police to check on her.

"Its' just so unlike her to not be out and about," neighbor Lisa McFarland said. "Shes a very vivacious personality and out and about helping people in the community and she hasn't been seen, returning phone calls in three or four days."

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."

Inside the home. Police found the woman with life threatening injuries. She was taken to Beaches Baptist Medical Center and was eventually air lifted to Shands in Jacksonville.

Police arrested the man and took him to the hospital for treatment of unrelated medical conditions.

"Even clients from Ponte Vedra that have known her for years that she has taken care of their lawns and gardens and from dry cleaners in Jax Beach," McFarland said. "All had been worried about her for the last four or five days because around the holidays she was big on activities and doing things. Nobody could get ahold of her so they were all really concerned."

The names of those involved were not released and police say the investigation of the incident is ongoing.

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