Lawsuit filed after Knox County deputy shot, killed pit bull

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - A lawsuit was filed in Knox County after a deputy shot and killed a family's dog. 

The lawsuit is against Knox County, the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff J.J. Jones and three deputies. Also, the Knox County Emergency Communications District, its director Alan Bull and three other employees are plaintiffs in the lawsuit. 

In November 2016, Knox County deputies arrived at the Bailey family's home in Strawberry Plains after receiving a 911 call.

According to the lawsuit, the call was made accidentally. The family claims Knox County Emergency Communications District personnel called the family to confirm if the call was an emergency or accidental before 5 a.m. 

"When 911 called the Plaintiff back, they verified that the call had been accidental, and that no emergency existed," says the lawsuit. "However, 911 failed to communicate this information to Knox County Sheriff's Office dispatch, and KCSO Deputies were directed to the residence of Kenny and Tina Bailey."

The lawsuit claims the deputies ignored the verification of the accidental 911 call or the emergency communications employees did not communicate with other agencies. 

The Knox County Sheriff's Office said at the time that the deputies parked away from the home for safety reasons and knocked on the side of the residence. 

The family claims the deputies "proceeded to creep around the back of several adjoining properties" before arriving at the home. 

Three unrestrained dogs ran from the back of the home and a pit bull charged at the deputies, according to the sheriff's office. 

A deputy was seen shooting at the dog on bodycam video. The dog was shot and killed nine feet from a child's bedroom. 

The family claims their 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th amendment rights were violated. 

The lawsuit says the family is asking to be compensated for punitive damages and for a trial. 


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