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Sheriff's K-9 recovering from shooting
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Sheriff's K-9 recovering from shooting

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.



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. | 265-7821
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It seems.. said...

Law enforcement issues fill up the WDT.. I wish they would follow sone others aroun and report on their job performance and their split second decisson making. Its appears that its easier to sit at home and judge our law enforcement officers, after comming home , eating supper turning on the tv and getting out the ole WDT ..Relax ,take your time and read half the story, then decide what you would have done. You have that luxury .LOL IF the decision is too complex you can even pause your live TV you wont miss a thing! Or you could always sign up at Coastal Plains Law Enforcment Training Center and after you gradute, you can get a police officers job and come show them how to do it !!!

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:05 PM
@ just saying said...

how bout you peel yourself off your couch from watching CSI and other police fantasy shows that you probably love so much and focus on YOUR life. An officer cant without a warrant, search or enter a privately owned vehicle. They cant just go rifleing through a car because its on the side of the road. If there is no smell or someone beating on the trunk then the car is assumed to be abandoned or broken down! The officer acted in the scoped of his duties now DROP IT!

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM
@hmmmmm said...

Another sad person probably did not get your way. Hope you find happiness. Hmmmm must be that same guy or blog as "no I am a female" get a life.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2:25 AM
Thomas Smith said...

We can't believe everything we read nor what we hear. Proverbs 3:5-6

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:54 PM
Duke Griffin said...

Maybe if the deputy's had carried flash lights with them they could have seen what was going on instead of telling Him to go back and get the flash light and then He just starts shooting his weapon.It is a shame Bruce will probably never be able to work again.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM
car... said...

the man was in the trunk of the car is why they didnt know he was in there....

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM @confused said...

have your thoughts, that's perfectly fine however dont call the deputy incompetent!!! I know the deputy and he is far from it. Unless you were there you should back off when it comes to judging him.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM mook said...

Dam R.I.P Kirk u will be missed

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 6:51 PM Hmmmm said...

Why couldn't the dogs be Separate by something else on the deputies bat belt. OC spray Taser Or call the k-9 back and while taking other dog down What would have the Wilson PD done? I am sure there K-9 handles are Experience in same. WCSO could get with WPD about training cause the PD has great handlers. Wait Calvin is know all do all, need no help leader.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 5:18 PM @confused said...

Wait until you have a pit trying to rip your leg off, your dogs leg off, or your baby's face off then judge. If you have 2 dogs fighting, are you going to ask them to freeze before you shoot?

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 3:38 PM to "just saying" said...

If there's no reason to think it's anything other than an abandoned vehicle then police cannot just go digging through it looking for any and everything. Something about privacy and illegal searches and what not...

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 10:22 AM confused said...

so is bruce recovering from the injuries of the minor dogfight or the bullet from the incompetent deputy????????

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 12:17 AM just saying said...

But what the police aren't saying is that the car had been sitting there at least since monday b/c i seen it. And it had an orange sticker on the windsheild for it to be towed. but they found the body friday.that means again someone didnt check the car out...

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 12:08 AM
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