VIDEO: Dog attack leads Knox County deputy to accidentally shoot partner

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Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has released more details about the incident that led to a deputy shooting his partner on July 5.

On Thursday, body camera footage was released showing the incident in more detail. Deputy Lydia Driver was called along with several other officers to a house in Brickyard Road to serve a warrant. Two of these officers had gone to the side of the house when a dog rushed at them in the dark. The sheriff’s office said Deputy Jordan Hurst tried to shoot the dog but missed, hitting Driver instead.

The body cam videos released are from the cameras of Driver and Hurst. Both videos begin at 10:36 p.m. and end at 10:53 p.m. on July 5. At the very beginning of the video, a dog is heard barking as officers head towards the house.

At 10:46 a.m., a dog runs out and begins to attack Driver. She is finally thrown to the ground. That’s when Hurst fires the gun at the dog. In Hurst’s body camera video, the dog’s head is seen inches from the point where Driver was hit in the upper leg.

After the shots are fired, Driver is heard screaming in pain. She also screams that she was shot. The agents then begin to help Driver. A tourniquet is placed on his leg. Hurst is heard asking Driver if she’s okay while trying to keep her from passing out. He is also heard frantically calling for help on his radio.

At 10:51 a.m., officers help Driver return to a patrol car after reinforcements arrive to take him off the scene to the hospital. She was then taken to UT Medical Center.

The Office of Professional Standards concluded that no general orders were violated while all of this was taking place.

The case behind it all was an effort to arrest a woman named Ashley Webber on charges of identity theft and forgery. According to a document released Thursday, a man named Albert Bowling told deputies that Weber was not inside the house. She was later found hiding in a crawl space under the house and taken into custody. Bowling was arrested as an afterthought accessory to hiding Webber knowing she was wanted by law enforcement.

The driver was discharged from hospital on July 11. She began the process of physical rehabilitation.

The dog was quarantined at the Young Williams Animal Center for 10 days, as required by state law.


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