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April 7, 2014 — Jacksonville

Larry Mixson shot his nephew in the leg during a confrontation at a home they shared in rural northwest Jacksonville.

Around 2:30 a.m., two officers responded to the call and found Mixson arguing with his brother in the driveway. He was holding a .38-caliber revolver.

According to officers, Mixson, 65, refused to drop the weapon and instead took a shot at Officer John Welch. Read more

Welch responded with nine shots from his rifle. Mixson ran to the garage and fell, dropping the handgun. He picked it up again and Officer Welch fired five more rounds.

Mixson was wounded in the right shin, and later charged with two counts of attempted murder.

Welch was not hit.

This was the 32nd police shooting in Florida in 2014.

The same day, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

One day later, two officers shot one person in St. Augustine .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Mixson did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Mixson fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. The officer shot 14 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Mixson was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Mixson was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.

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