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GRAND JURY TO MEET REGARDING CASE OF K-9 OFFICER DEATH

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A Cumberland County grand jury will meet one week from today (Monday, October 16, 2017) to hear evidence and hand down possible indictments against a man charged with the death of a Crossville K-9 officer. Back in August, 28-year-old Dustin Lee Dixon of Crossville ran from police and after K-9 Officer Cain was deployed to stop Dixon, he allegedly fatally stabbed the officer. Dixon was charged with the intentional killing of a service animal, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, DUI, evading arrest, theft of property and violation of the implied consent law. Since the state does not have a law in effect yet charging the death of a K-9 officer as the same as the death of a human police officer, the intentional killing of a service animal was the best charge that could be brought down in the case. If indictments are handed down by the grand jury next week, the case will be heard in criminal court instead of general sessions.

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