Tenn. K-9 fatally stabbed by suspect during pursuit

K-9 Cain ran into the woods to detain the suspect, but when he emerged he had multiple stab wounds to his chest

By PoliceOne Staff

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — A K-9 has died after he was stabbed multiple times by a suspect.

Police were pursuing a stolen semi-truck Wednesday morning when the truck crashed into another vehicle before swerving into the path of a police car, WBIR reported. The truck continued to flee until it crashed into a tree.

The driver, Dustin Lee Dixon, fled on foot into the woods. K-9 Cain was sent into the woods to detain the suspect. When he emerged, a lieutenant noticed multiple stab wounds to Cain’s chest. 

Cain was transported to a local veterinarian hospital with serious injuries. He later died at the hospital. 

Dixon, 28, was arrested and faces multiple criminal charges. An investigation is ongoing. 


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