Knife-wielding man in wheelchair injures two Winter Haven police officers

Officers' injuries were non life-threatening

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Winter Haven Police have charged a wheelchair-bound man with aggravated battery after he reportedly injured two officers. 

According to the police department, Officers Kristopher Corley and Edgardo Cruz reported to the Central Tavern early Friday morning after receiving reports of a man showing off a large knife. 

When they approached Emmanuel Ruiz Mejia, 29, he attempted to roll past them. They observed and removed a large sword-style knife from the back of his wheelchair. 

Mejia then stuck one hand under his left thigh and continuously refused commands to show both hands. Only after Officer Corley deployed his taser did Mejia show he was holding a large serrated knife. 

He refused to surrender the knife and the officers tackled him to the ground, according to the police report. He thrust the knife toward Officer Corley causing injuries to his face and neck. After Officer Cruz deployed his taser, Mejia threw the knife toward him causing injuries to his hand as he deflected it. 

Mejia was handcuffed and evaluated at Winter Haven Hospital. He was then transported to Polk County Jail. He was booked on counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting officers with violence and resisting officers without violence. 

"This guy had no regard for life whatsoever and he is where he belongs and hopefully will stay there for a long time," said Police Chief Charlie Bird.

Both officers suffered non life-threatening injuries. "We are thankful that the injuries sustained to Officers Corley and Cruz are minor and they ultimately can go home to their family," said the Police Chief.

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