Joe Mixon’s sister, her boyfriend indicted in shooting near Bengals’ star’s house
Joe Mixon ‘did not commit a crime,’ the prosecutor said.
(WXIX) - Shalonda Mixon, sister of Bengals’ running back Joe Mixon, and her boyfriend, Lamonte Brewer, have been indicted on charges in connection with the shooting that injured a 16-year-old outside of NFL star’s house, Hamilton County Prosecutor Melissa Powers announced Thursday.
On March 6, Shalonda told Joe there were people outside of his Ayers Road home with guns, the prosecutor explained.
Those guns were actually toy Nerf weapons, Powers would later show during Thursday’s news conference.
Having received death threats, the Bengals star was concerned for his life after being told armed people were outside his home, Powers said.
The threats began after Mixon’s address was “improperly released to the public” in January, a statement from Joe’s agent, Peter Schaffer, explained. Read the full statement at the bottom of this story.
Surveillance video obtained through a search warrant showed Joe walking in the backyard of his home with a gun, but he never fired any shots, according to Powers. Mixon is a legal gun owner and “did not commit a crime,” Powers explained.
It was Brewer, Powers said, who fired 10 to 11 shots at teenagers playing “Nerf wars” on Ayers Road around 8:30 p.m. that night. Shalonda was later seen on the same video picking up shell casings in the yard.
Mixon’s agent says the Bengals’ star “interceded” to stop Brewer from shooting the gun.
A 16-year-old, who Powers says lives on Ayers Road, was shot in the foot as he tried to run away when the gunshots began, deputies wrote in the initial report.
The teen “heard multiple shots whizzing by his head and immediately ducked behind a tree fearing for his life,” the prosecutor’s office explained.
The victim was transported to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, where it was confirmed he was shot in the foot with the bullet still lodged inside, according to the incident report and a March 7 news release from the sheriff’s office.
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call placed by a man inside Mixon’s Ayers Road home around 8:30 p.m., according to the preliminary incident report and a recording of the 911 call.
The man who called 911 told the call taker he was inside “my athlete’s house,” and the shooting occurred outside next to the house, according to the call and incident report.
Responding deputies stopped a black Honda Accord that was seen leaving Mixon’s home, according to the incident report.
Shalonda was driving the car with Brewer in the passenger seat, Powers explained.
The gun used in the shooting that night was found in the trunk of the Accord, the prosecutor’s office said.
Shalonda was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice, according to Powers. She faces up to four years in prison if convicted on all charges, Powers stated.
She is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
Brewer, who faces up to 20 years in prison, was indicted on felonious assault, tampering with evidence, and having weapons while under disability charges, Powers announced.
The whereabouts of Brewer are unknown, Powers said.
WARNING: The call contains one instance of profanity.
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