According to prosecutors, Joe Mixon‘s sister’s boyfriend allegedly shot 10 to 11 rounds at a youngster outside the NFL star’s home earlier this month, hitting the child once in the foot. As a result, the man is now facing significant prison time.
Lamonte Brewer, 34, Shalonda Mixon‘s boyfriend, has been charged with four crimes, including felony assault, after investigators claim he shot at a 16-year-old who was using a Nerf gun close to Joe Mixon’s home in Ohio on March 6 at about 8:30 PM. Hamilton County prosecutor Melissa Powers held a news conference on Thursday to provide an update on the case.
Brewer and Joe Mixon were seen in a security video, according to Powers, as teenagers playing the game “Nerf wars” outside the Bengals star’s home, which was the subject of a search request.
She claimed that footage showed Brewer shooting at a 16-year-old with a toy gun as he ran by the yard at one point, almost hitting the child in the head.
“It’s a miracle he was not killed,” Powers said.
Video, the prosecutor claimed, showed Joe Mixon was in the yard at the time of the shooting and did have a gun on his person too, but never drew the weapon, and “as a legal gun owner, [Joe] Mixon had the right to possess the firearm and did not commit a crime.”
She claimed that following death threats received on social media, the NFL athlete had recently been afraid for his safety.
She did note, however, that the video appeared to show Shalonda Mixon, Joe’s 34-year-old sister, gathering shot casings in the yard before she departed in a vehicle with Brewer.
Police ultimately pulled over the car, according to Powers, and discovered the Zastava M92 gun used in the earlier-in-the-evening shooting in the trunk.
Powers claimed that in addition to the four charges they’ve brought against Brewer, they also filed two counts of obstructing justice and tampering with evidence against Shalonda Mixon. According to Powers, Brewer could spend up to 20 years in prison while Shalonda Mixon could spend only four.
“It’s unbelievable that something like this could happen,” Powers said. “It’s hard to fathom how anyone could aim a gun at a child, let alone fire 10 to 11 rounds at him.”
Following Powers’ news conference, Joe Mixon’s agent, Peter Schaffer, issued a statement in which he claimed that the Cincinnati tailback had seen a person “running immediately towards his home while the man continued to yell directions” while carrying what seemed to be a firearm.
“When another individual discharged a firearm, Joe interceded to stop the person discharging a firearm. Joe hates that a young adult was injured during this incident.”
Throughout her news conference, Powers emphasized numerous times that Joe Mixon was not facing any charges and had not broken any laws that evening.