SBI, Surry County Sheriff's Office Respond to Mount Airy Hostage Situation


MOUNT AIRY -- During the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 1, members of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic call at 157 Edward’s Drive, Mount Airy.  After arrival, officers found that Mikle Eugene Dixon had taken two family members hostage. Dixon then barricaded himself inside the residence with the hostages for several hours. The Surry County Sheriff’s Office was familiar with Dixon from past law enforcement calls to the home.  Members of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team attempted to negotiate with Dixon for several hours for the release of the hostages and his surrender.

Around noon, the Surry County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Special Response Team. Just before 3 p.m., a member of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team who was attempting to negotiate with Dixon, observed Dixon place one of the hostages at knifepoint. Given the circumstances, SBI SRT agents made entry and Dixon was subsequently shot. Dixon was pronounced dead at the scene. The two hostages were safely rescued. 

The SBI is conducting both an internal and criminal investigation.