- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say a Hancock County sheriff’s deputy and his canine partner were attacked by a pit bull while attempting to serve an arrest warrant.

Chief Deputy Don Bass tells The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/1KdGmut) Deputy Colin Freeman and his K-9, Ringo, were helping other deputies with the arrest about 7 p.m. Wednesday east of Picayune.

Bass said the suspect they were looking for was not at home.

Bass says Freeman and Ringo were trying to leave when the pit bull came out of the house and attacked Ringo, locking its jaws onto Ringo’s hind leg.

Freeman separated the two dogs, but the pit bull turned on the deputy and bit him on his leg. Bass says Freeman shot the dog. He says both dogs survived.

Freeman returned to duty Thursday.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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