CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Crossville man was indicted Monday for the stabbing death of a Crossville Police Department dog, K-9 Officer Cain.
A Cumberland County grand jury indicted Dustin Lee Dixon on charges of killing a service animal, theft, aggravated assault, evading arrest, reckless endangerment and DUI.
According to police, they received a call on August 2 about a semi-truck that sideswiped a vehicle traveling north on Highway 68 near Grassy Cove. When a deputy tried to stop the semi-truck near Highway 68 and Highway 127 in Cumberland County, the driver, Dixon, tried to strike the deputy’s car.
Police say Dixon them led deputies down a dirt road, where he crashed his truck into a tree and fled on foot. K-9 Officer Cain went after the suspect, at which point the report says Dixon stabbed the dog multiple times in the chest. Crossville police say K-9 Cain returned to his handler injured and was then rushed to a clinic for help. Later in the day, K-9 Cain was transferred to UT Veterinary Hospital where he died.
Investigators say the semi-truck Dixon was driving was stolen from a business in Crossville.
Cain served with the Crossville Police Department for three years with his handler Lt. Bart Riden. All of their K-9s are working patrol dogs. They’re trained in narcotics but have the ability to sniff out some explosives. Hundreds of police officers and K-9 officers came together to say good-bye to Cain in a service August 10.