Individual Arrested for Attempted Murder with Hatchet

On Sunday, November 14, 2021, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call in reference to a possible armed hostage situation. Deputies, along with officers from the Wauchula and Bowling Green Police Departments, responded to a residence in Wauchula Hills.

As law enforcement approached the home, the defendant, identified as Mitchell Albritton, indicated he was armed and attempted to close the door. Deputies, already in the threshold, forced the door open to subdue Albritton. Albritton, armed with a hatchet, used the weapon to strike two deputies before being restrained. Both deputies were transported to the hospital where they were treated and released.

Once Albritton was in custody, officers located three victims inside the home covered in blood. One of the victims stated they were afraid to flee because Albritton would pick up the hatchet any time they tried to move. All three victims were transported to medical facilities.

Mitchell Albritton is a chronic offender. He was released from prison on August 13, 2021, and is on active conditional release supervision. Publicly available Department of Corrections records show that the defendant was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 1997 for murder. The same records also show an incarceration history for False Imprisonment, Shooting into a Dwelling, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition.

Albritton was arrested for the following:

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  • Attempted Second Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Resist Officer with Violence
  • Attempted Second Degree Murder
  • Domestic Violence – Aggravated Battery
  • Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Domestic Violence – False Imprisonment
  • Resist Officer without Violence