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A Georgia deputy, who authorities have said was his course,” being shot and killed by a police dog after the dog bit him during a chase, officials said Monday.
The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, wrote in a Facebook post on Monday that the K-9 Verro, an eight-year-old belgian Malinois, who was being treated by lance Corporal Brandon Kilgore for more than seven years old, was shot dead by another deputy, who was bitten on the behind while he was running after a suspect.
The K-9 Verro, was in the nature of a working dog, and any handler could dream of,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “He had a high drive to fight crime, and was tireless in his work ethic.”
Deputies said they responded to a domestic dispute Friday afternoon in Dallas, Ga., about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta, and there was a man who was a suspect in a car. When they tried to stop the car, deputies said, the passenger, who was later confirmed that the suspect left on foot.
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Kilgore had arrived upon the scene and saw the suspect running, so he immediately stopped his patrol vehicle and ran after him, according to the sheriff’s office, who added that he left K-9 Verro, in the SUV, because “the department’s criteria for the implementation of the dog had not been complied with.”
“Everyone knew that K-9 Verro knew how attached and protective he was of his boss,” the Facebook post said. “As a lance Corporal Kilgore, left his patrol vehicle to pursue someone, a K-9 Verro wanted to be with him when the two were together.”
K-9 Verro, with handler lance Corporal Brandon Kilgore
(Paulding County Sheriff’s Office)
Deputies said a K-9 Verro was able to squeeze through the partially opened kennel door, which is between the vehicle and the kennel is in the driver’s compartment, and was able to inch his way out of the vehicle” with a window partially open.
Once outside, the sheriff’s office said K-9 Verro, and saw a deputy running, and because he would not be able to make a distinction between the representative and the defendant, without his master present, he is “have been held in the Vice by gripping the back of his leg, and he was training it to bite and hold on until he was ordered to get out.”
The deputy “had no idea the dog was in the law enforcement canine,” in particular, because the K-9 Verro, bits of him are left behind, researchers said.
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“Unable to remove at the end of the arm, and the Deputy followed his training, drew his service weapon and shot and killed a K-9 Verro,” the post said.
“This is a horrible incident that has shaken us to the office, to the heart,” the sheriff’s office added.
Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge will be prompted for the prayers during the difficult time” saying, “as a former K-9 handler, I know how special the bond between a handler and his dog.”
“It’s the emotional heartache that everyone goes through, including the Deputy who was bitten was overwhelming.”
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The deputy who was bitten was injured, but “it will heal with time,” according to the sheriff’s office.
The suspect was taken into custody.