For Immediate Release August 13, 2015
Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson reports that Van Akins, 58 of Fort Payne turned himself into the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office today on the warrant for harassment that was taken out by a family member. A Deputy tried to serve the warrant at his residence on August 11th. When the deputy went to the door of the residence and knocked he could hear dogs barking and growling from inside of the residence. After waiting for a short period of time the deputy was about to leave when the dogs came out of the back of the house and around the porch in an aggressive manner. The deputy had to use lethal force on the dogs for his protection and safety.
Chief Deputy Edmondson states “all of our deputies are equipped with body cameras for incidents like this and this incident was filmed. The assistant Chief Deputy and I have reviewed this and we find that the deputy acted properly in this situation. It’s a bad situation to have to take any animal’s life but my officer’s safety is top priority for myself and Sheriff Harris.”