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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-075

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 10, 2015
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    Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement Officer

    Deputies respond to a disturbance and are confronted by a man with a knife.
    • Monday
    • February 9, 2015
    • Time: 12:05 AM
    • Oasis Bar and Grill
    • 250 Apollo Beach Boulevard
    • Apollo Beach, Florida


    John Preston Cannon
    DOB: 11/29/57
    6049 Golf and Sea Blvd.
    Apollo Beach, FL


    • Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement Officer
    • Obstructing or Opposing an Officer with Violence


    On February 9, 2015 at 12:05 a.m. at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 250 Apollo Beach Blvd., John Cannon was drunk and causing a disturbance. He was throwing things and arguing with other patrons that were asking him to leave. A deputy responded to the scene and observed Cannon open up a folding knife with a 3” blade. Cannon refused multiple commands from the deputy to drop the knife. The deputy deployed his ECD one time and struck Cannon in the chest at which time Cannon fell to the ground. The deputy was then able to kick the knife out of Cannon's hand and arrest him without further incident. There were no injuries during this incident and Cannon refused medical treatment.
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