State law enforcement officials fatally shot a man after an hours-long hostage situation on Tuesday.
The shooting concluded a tense, day long stand-off after a local man barricade himself in a home, with two elderly relatives as hostages.
Surry County Sheriff’s Office officials were called to a domestic disturbance at 157 Edward Drive, which is located off of Red Brush Road west of Mount Airy, in the early morning hours Tuesday, according to a statement from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.
When they arrived on the scene, deputies learned that Mikle Eugene Dixon, 42, had barricaded himself in a mobile home where he was holding two family members hostage.
Members of the sheriff’s Emergency Response Team began negotiating with Dixon, and local authorities requested the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation’s Special Response Team at about noon.
The statement notes that negotiations continued after the state authorities arrived at the scene and continued until about 3 p.m. At that time, a sheriff’s deputy attempting to negotiate with Dixon saw the man place one of the hostages at knife-point.
With a hostage at knife-point, SBI agents entered the residence, and Dixon was shot, the statement explains. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Noting that the SBI handled the matter, sheriff’s office officials would not comment on the case, instead referring all inquiries to the SBI.
Patty McQuillan, the spokesperson for the state agency, noted the SBI will conduct both a criminal and an internal investigation into the incident.
She declined to comment further on the details of Tuesday’s incident, noting that it is under investigation.
Tuesday’s fatal stand-off was not Dixon’s first brush with the law, according to court and N.C. Department of Public Safety records.
Dixon had a court date for Sept. 9 on charges of communicating a threat and damage to personal property.
In October 2011 he was convicted of habitual driving under the influence and served two years in jail. In December 2016 he went to jail for four-and-a-half months for another DWI charge, getting out March 23.
Dixon also has a history of violent behavior. He was convicted of assault on a female in September 2000. A month later he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer. He had three other convictions for resisting an officer in the late 1990s.
His record of convictions dates back to 1992 and also includes breaking and entering, various drug-related convictions, larceny and receiving stolen goods.