Officer returned fire, hits suspect in the leg

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A patrol officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is now on leave after allegedly shooting a man in the leg early Monday morning.

The shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the 6200 block of West Barry Drive on the city's northwest side.

According to JSO Chief of Investigations Adam Brown, a 65-year-old Larry Anthony Mixson shot 32-year-old Reginald Bernard Mixson in the leg at a home in the 6200 block of Barry Drive.

Brown said Larry Mixson then opened fire on Officer JP Welch, who responded to the scene with one other officer.

Welch was not hurt, but he returned fire after warning the Larry Mixson to drop his weapon. Brown said Larry Mixson was hit in the leg and taken into custody.

Suspect Larry Mixson and victim Reginald Mixson were transported to UF Health Jacksonville for non-life threatening injuries.

Brown did not say what led to the initial shooting overnight. He said it appears the 911 call from within the residence. Brown said the victim's father was also present.

Brown told First Coast News a lengthy investigation will now have to take place.

"Anytime there is an officer involved shooting, it is a very involved process. We are going to have to collect evidence, talk to witnesses," he said.

Officers remained on scene for several hours Monday morning.

It is standard procedure for an officer to be placed on leave after being involved in a shooting incident. Brown said this case was the first officer involved shooting for Welch.


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