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Walker County Sheriff K9 killed after attacking handler while serving felony warrant in Chickamauga

Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson released statement that Sheriff’s Office K9 Rocky, a six-year-old Belgian Malinois, died in a very tragic incident Saturday evening, July 6. Several Sheriff’s Office deputies were serving a felony warrant at 250 Kristen Drive, in Chickamauga. During the arrest of four individuals in the residence, loud commands were given by deputies and, subsequently, a substantial amount of commotion ensued from the residence. During the arrest of the four individuals inside the residence, Walker County K-9 Deputy Corey Griffin and his partner, K9 Rocky, were positioned at the rear door of the residence. As the individuals were being taken into custody, K9 Rocky became aggressive and uncontrollable towards Deputy Griffin, refusing all commands. As Deputy Griffin struggled to bring K9 Rocky under control, the K9 attacked Deputy Griffin, inflicting serious bite wounds to Deputy Griffin’s left arm, while not releasing from the deputy’s arm. Fearing that he was in imminent danger of being disabled by the K9, Deputy Griffin drew his service weapon, fired and struck the K9 three times. Deputy Griffin was transported to a local hospital by Puckett EMS where he was treated and released Sunday. This was the second time that K9 Rocky had attacked Deputy Griffin in the four years that they had been partners. The second time occurred on November 20th 2018 when deputies were searching for suspect Robert Eric Owenby who had fired shots at deputies after fleeing a traffic stop in Rossville. According to ODMP Several K9s were killed in 2018 after suddenly attacking their handler/officer during high stress situations. K9 Rocky was escorted July 8th through North Georgia where several agencies paid their respects.