APALACHICOLA — An Apalachicola man allegedly doing drugs in a shed outside his house got more than a cheerful hello Tuesday afternoon when a visitor poked his head inside.
Turned out it was the sheriff.
“He was sitting there about to light a meth pipe in one hand and a lighter in another,” said Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith. “You better believe he was surprised.”
Smith said he was making a citizen contact in response to complaints about illegal drug activity and stolen property, when he noticed an open door to a shed at 428 24th Avenue at about 3:38 p.m.
Startled, Jeremy Mixon, 32, stuck his hand in area under the work bench, prompting the uniformed sheriff to draw his weapon.
“I didn’t know what he was going for, but I could tell he was mething,” said Smith. “He jumped out of the chair and came towards me.”
The sheriff holstered his gun when he saw Mixon hadn’t gone for a weapon, and ordered him to the ground.
“He started cussing and raising hell, he wouldn’t get on the ground,” said Smith.
At that moment, Deputy Steve James heard the commotion, ran in and used his Taser on Mixon, felling him with a single shot.
“He was like a wild animal, fortunately one time did it,” said Smith. James then noticed Mixon had on him a six-inch knife, a key detail that the sheriff hadn’t noticed.
“It happened pretty quick,” said Smith. “Steve saw the knife drop, I never saw it.”
Mixon, has more than two dozen arrests dating back to 2000, including for crimes that include burglary, arson, assault and battery with bodily harm, sexual battery on a child under 12, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and sale of a controlled substance.
For Tuesday’s incident, Mixon faces charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, for threatening him with a knife, possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotics equipment for having two meth pipes, and for resisting an officer without violence, for not complying with an initial command not to move.
At his first appearance, Mixon was placed on a $14,000 bond.