A DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy was forced to shoot and kill a dog in Dogtown after the animal aggressively approached him while he was attempting to serve an arrest warrant.
According to Sheriff Jimmy Harris the officer went to Van Akins residence in Dogtown and when he went to the door of the residence could hear dogs barking and growling from inside.
After waiting for a short period of time the deputy was about to leave when the dogs came around the porch in an aggressive manner and that’s when Sheriff Harris said that the deputy had to take action on the dogs.
The whole incident was caught on the deputy’s body cam. Officers were told at the scene by a neighbor that no one was at home because they were in South Florida.
From the evidence on the body cam it was clear that these two dogs did not need to be unattended. At this time the Investigators were called to the scene. This is still an ongoing investigation. We have contacted SBI and the District Attorney’s Office.
Sheriff Harris states “this is a tragic incident that occurred and we are glad that the deputy or anyone else was not injured during this situation. The deputies have worn the body cams for about 5 years now. After reviewing this incident on tape with the Chief Deputy and the Assistant Chief Deputy we stand behind the deputy’s actions 100 percent.”