Tuesday, April 09, 2013 7:42 AM
Sheriff's K-9 recovering from shooting
By Corey Friedman | Times Online Editor
A Wilson County sheriff’s K-9 is recovering from injuries he sustained when another dog attacked him Sunday.
Chief of Staff Wanda Samuel said Bruce, a 4-year-old German shepherd, is recuperating after emergency veterinary care. The K-9 was hurt while tracking a man who deputies say ran from a traffic stop in the woods near Shannon Road north of Stantonsburg.
A pit bull running loose attacked the K-9, Samuel said, and a deputy shot it in the leg. The gunshot also injured Bruce.
"Justifiable force was used to disengage the pit bull off of Bruce,” Samuel said in a statement. "The pit sustained a gunshot to the lower part of his leg and Bruce was injured in the process as he was struck, possibly by ricochet.”
Deputies rushed both dogs to Eastern Carolina Veterinary Emergency Treatment Services in Wilson. Both Bruce and the pit bull survived the shooting, and deputies charged the owner with animal ordinance violations.
Jaycee Dawson III, 24, was charged with allowing a dog to run at large and two counts of failure to vaccinate a dog against rabies. Deputies say they found another dog on Dawson’s property.
"It was discovered during the investigation that this was not the first time the pit bull had gotten out and terrorized neighbors,” Samuel said.
Dawson has a pending charge of misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon in Wilson County, court records show. He has not been convicted of any offense requiring prison time or probation in North Carolina, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction.
Bruce was treated and released to his handler and the pit bull was signed over to the sheriff’s office’s Animal Enforcement Division, Samuel said.
The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Emergency dispatchers notified other K-9 handlers that Bruce may need blood donors. Three Wilson police cars were parked outside the 24-hour emergency vet clinic shortly after 2:30 a.m.
The sheriff’s office started its K-9 unit in December 2011 with four German shepherds from the Czech Republic, Zora, Bruce, Uno and Drago.
Samuel said a separate shooting reported around 2 a.m. on Good News Church Road outside Stantonsburg was investigated as a suicide attempt and that the person survived.
DEATH INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
Wilson police still aren’t saying how a Pennsylvania man died after police found his body in a car near a busy city intersection Friday.
Officers found the body of 41-year-old Kirk Alan Lilly of Allentown, Pa., in a 2010 Honda Accord parked near the junction of Raleigh Road Parkway and Old Merck Road, police said Sunday.
Police spokesman Sgt. John Slaughter said Monday that detectives were still investigating the death and had no further details to release.
"The investigators are still working through a lot of information related to the case, and we wouldn’t want to potentially jeopardize anything down the road by releasing anything else this early in the investigation,” Capt. Tad Shelton said Sunday.
Police wouldn’t say how Lilly died, but Shelton confirmed Friday that he was not involved in a car crash.
Officials towed the car to the city of Wilson’s operations center at 1800 Herring Ave. for safety, Shelton previously said.
State Bureau of Investigation agents and Wilson police detectives were investigating the death.
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