K9 saves deputy during assault, suspects wanted

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A sheriff’s deputy in Hancock County was possibly saved by his K9 when he was attacked and beaten Monday night.
During a routine patrol, the deputy approached a car parked near a rest area on Old Highway 90, said Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam.
As he approached, the deputy noticed only one passenger in the car, said Adam. While checking on the passenger, the deputy heard footsteps from behind which startled him and caused him to trip on gravel.
At that time, two males approached from the woods, and began struggling with the deputy.
“One was on top of him trying to get his gun, and the other had his arm around his neck,” said Adam.
The two male suspects attempted to carry the deputy into the woods, however he was able to hit the release button on his belt allowing his K9 to exit the vehicle, said Adam.
The three suspects were able to get away, but according to Adam it is believed that the dog bit at least one of them.
The only description authorities have of the suspects at this time is that all three were black males, said Adam. They were driving a light blue Lincoln Towncar with a dark colored top and large chrome rims, said Adam.
The deputy suffered several injuries including a cut to his forehead, said Adam. He was released from the hospital early Tuesday morning.
According to the Sun Herald, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office identified the deputy as Todd Frazier.
The Bay St. Louis and Waveland Police Departments are assisting with the search for the suspects, according to WLOX.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s department is asking anyone with any information on the suspects whereabouts to please call (228) 255-9191.

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