Alleged aggressive dog is wounded by deputy
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Apr 15, 2014 | 1044 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A Bradley County deputy felt threatened by an aggressive dog after he arrived on the scene of a call about the animal. The dog was shot by the deputy, but it is expected to fully recover.

According to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, deputy Darren Miller responded to the call on Timberhills Drive last week.

A neighbor in the community had notified Bradley County 911 dispatchers of an aggressive dog roaming in his yard. Miller responded to the residence where the dog lived and knocked on the door. Miller didn’t get an answer and as he attempted to step off the porch at the home, the animal reportedly began to approach him, “growling and snapping at his legs,” according to Gault.

The dog is believed to be a pit bull.

“Fearing for his safety, the deputy backed up toward the porch. Due to the dog’s continued aggressive behavior, and [the fact] the only exit from the porch was blocked by the dog, the deputy fired his service weapon, striking the dog in the nose,” Gault noted.

SPCA officials were contacted and the dog was taken for treatment.

“BCSO regrets this occurred but unfortunately, it sometimes becomes necessary. BCSO policy allows deputies to use a level of force necessary to keep themselves and the public safe,” Gault explained.

n Sound equipment and other items were reportedly taken during a break-in at a local church.

According to a report filed with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, officials with Michigan Avenue Baptist Church made the discovery during the weekend.

Michael Broome told deputy Brandon Warren that he visited the church Friday and found a Yamaha mixing board, speakers with stands, a bass guitar, a DVD/VCR machine and a dehumidifier were all missing.

Investigators with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene to collect evidence and other information.

The loss was estimated at $1,325.