- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2020

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia county K-9 was fatally shot by a deputy after the dog approached the investigator aggressively during a search for a rape suspect, authorities said.

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon as deputies from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office were attempting to serve an arrest warrant at an apartment complex in Atlanta, news outlets reported.

The dog escaped from his handler and advanced towards a deputy who was dressed in plain clothes, DeKalb County Chief Deputy Randy Akies said in a statement.

That’s when the deputy fired at the K-9, who died at the scene. The incident has been a tragedy for the dog’s handler and the sheriff’s office, Akies said.

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