Their names were not Cain and Abel, but their fight was similarly epic.
“Upon arriving on scene I saw the defendant, Thomas (Alan) Mealer, and (the) victim/brother … outside of the trailer,” the deputy wrote in the report. “The defendant was swinging a garbage can at (his brother) and (his brother) had a pocket knife in his hand. I immediately gave verbal commands to both the defendant and (his brother) to drop the weapons.”
Mealer dropped the garbage can and his brother threw away the knife. The deputy noted Mealer’s brother was bleeding from his forehead but detained him first because of the knife. EMS came to the scene but Mealer’s brother refused medical treatment.
The person who called the Sheriff’s Office said the two had been yelling all day, and at one point the yelling got louder so she peeked out her window. It was then she saw Mealer hit his brother in the face with a shovel.
The deputy noted Mealer “appeared highly intoxicated.” He said he and his brother had been arguing because his brother said none of the family members loved nor cared about Mealer. He denied knowing anything about a shovel, but then said his brother pulled a knife on him at which point he hit him in the head with a shovel.
The deputy retrieved the shovel and noted it appeared to have hair on the corner.
Mealer was charged with aggravated battery using a deadly weapon and will appear before a judge on April 8.