Woman stabs husband in argument over Facebook usage, Officer saves life of victim

Patsy Witt Dixon (Photo: FPD)

Patsy Witt Dixon (Photo: FPD)

FLORENCE- Shortly after 11pm Wednesday night officers with the Florence Police Department responded to a call of a stabbing in the 300 block of McKinley Ave.

The male victim was lying on the ground in the front yard of the home, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Officers on scene rendered lifesaving medical aid until EMS arrived.

The suspect, Patsy Witt Dixon, 71, of Florence, was in the home when officers arrived. Evidence gathered from the victim, and located at the scene, indicate that an argument occurred, allegedly stemming from Facebook activity, which led to Dixon assaulting her husband with a kitchen knife. She also sprayed him numerous times with spray paint.

FPD Officer Zach Maxwell

Florence Police Officer Zach Maxwell (Photo FPD)

Florence Police Officer Zach Maxwell responded to the call. Police Chief Ron Tyler stated the following concerning Maxwell’s actions, “For the second time in a week, Officer Zach Maxwell has saved someone’s life. Similar to what he did with Deputy McCrary just last week, Officer Maxwell made practical application of his training, when he put a tourniquet on the arm of the injured stabbing victim, minimizing the loss of arterial blood, thereby preventing the victim from bleeding out. I cannot be more proud of how Officer Maxwell has been providing a high level of police service to injured victims in this community. He represents our department with the highest level of professionalism. To be able to respond to a very fluid, very emotional, high stress and active situation, then to remain under control enough to assess the situation and begin providing lifesaving medical treatment demonstrates the kind of officer Zach Maxwell is. This furthermore indicates that our department’s training and current practices are having the desired impact on victims within our community.”
“This case is much different than what we normally encounter concerning domestic violence and highlights the fact that domestic violence spans age, race, background, and gender,” stated Detective Justin Wright, the lead detective on this case, “the fact that this case involves an older male victim and older female suspect shows that domestic violence can happen anywhere and at any time in our lives.”

The victim was taken to ECM Hospital, where he is being treated for an arterial stab wound.
Dixon was arrested without incident following her interview with detectives. She is charged with Domestic Violence 1st/ Assault 1st and is currently being held in the Lauderdale County Detention on bond totaling $10,000 dollars.

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