For Immediate Release August 12, 2015
Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:
Sheriff Jimmy Harris reports that on August 11th Deputy went to Van Akins residence in the Dogtown area to serve an arrest warrant. When the deputy went to the door of the residence and knocked he could hear dogs barking and growling from inside the residence. 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 the deputy had to take action on the dogs. The whole incident was caught on the deputy’s body cam. We were advised on the scene by a neighbor that no one was at home, 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.”