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Mejia was asked to show his hands when he was seen clenching something under his thigh, police said. Mejia would not comply with the officers’ numerous commands and that is when an officer pulled out a Taser, the release said.
Police said Mejia still refused to show his hands and officers were forced to use a Taser on him. Mejia then pulled out a large serrated knife and still refused to surrender, police said.
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The officer tackled Mejia, who thrust the knife, injuring an officer on the face and neck, investigators said.
Another officer deployed his Taser, but Mejia picked the knife up and threw it at the officer, police said. The officer injured his hand while deflecting the weapon, police said.
Mejia was arrested and after being medically evaluated at Winter Haven Hospital, he was taken to the Polk County Jail, WFTV reported.
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“We are thankful that the injuries sustained to Officers Corley and Cruz are minor and they ultimately can go home to their family, said Winter Haven Police Chief Charlie Bird. “This guy had no regard for life whatsoever and he is where he belongs and hopefully will stay there for a long time.”
Mejia was charged with two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of resisting officers with violence and four counts of resisting officers without violence.