Cantonment Man Charged With Attacking Firefighters With A Shovel

May 30, 2019

A Cantonment man is facing charges after allegedly trying to attack firefighters with a shovel Wednesday afternoon.

Melvin Ronnie Brown, 65, was charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault on a firefighter, two counts of simple assault on a firefighter and two counts of failure to obey police or fire department. He was released from the Escambia County Jail Thursday morning on a $33,000 bond.

The Cantonment Station of Escambia Fire Rescue responded to an unspecified “sick call” on Tyler Lane near East Chipper Road at 2:45 p.m.

Brown was intoxicated in the front yard of the home with a shovel, according Maj. Andrew Hobbs of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, and took multiple swings at the arriving firefighters.

The firefighters backed out of the scene, calling for immediate assistance. They were not injured.

Brown was taken into custody when deputies arrived on scene minutes later. Firefighters and Escambia County EMS were then able to evaluate the adult female patient inside the home. The patient was transported non-emergency to West Florida Hospital for a medical issue, according to an Escambia County spokesperson.


4 Responses to “Cantonment Man Charged With Attacking Firefighters With A Shovel”

  1. Howie on May 31st, 2019 10:56 am

    Mr. Brown needs a senior medical evaluation. Hopefully an Agency will read this and make contact with him. It’s possible his temper could cause harm to the ill adult female person inside. He becomes intoxicated for a reason. There is a reason for everything.

  2. The easy way on May 31st, 2019 6:39 am

    Sixty-five years old. A senior. Intoxicated. Someone ill inside. Slinging a shovel at officials.

    He’s crying out, screaming out, for help. For love. Trying to be heard in a nation and community that would rather turn and make it all go away.

    I bet his lifetime biography would bring many an ice cold heart to tears.

  3. Christy Roper on May 30th, 2019 9:51 pm

    He was digging his own hole!!

  4. tg on May 30th, 2019 12:50 pm

    They should have hosed him down to cool his temper.

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