Knox County, TN – Officials released bodycam video of the accidental shooting of one sheriff’s deputy by another when he was trying to shoot the pit bull who was attacking his partner (video below).
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) said the incident occurred at about 11 p.m. on July 4 when deputies responded to a call in the 8200-block of Brickyard Road in Powell, WBIR reported.
Deputies were trying to arrest a woman who was wanted on identity theft and forgery charges, WATE reported.
The suspect was later found hiding inside the home and arrested.
The sheriff’s department said that when deputies were walking around the outside of the trailer home, a large pit bull charged at rookie KCSO Deputy Lydia Driver and bit her on the leg.
“It got me! It got me,” Deputy Driver shrieked in the bodycam video. “Oh my God. Oh my God!”
The video showed the pit bull knocked Deputy Driver to the ground and then the dog pounced on top of her.
Her partner, KCSO Deputy Jordan Hurst, drew his weapon and tried to shoot the pit bull, WBIR reported.
“Watch out!” Deputy Hurst called out in the video and the fired two shots at the dog that was actively attacking Deputy Driver.
The dog fled at the sound of gunfire, the video showed.
“Are you okay?” Deputy Hurst asked.
“No! You shot me!” Deputy Driver replied in the video.
“Oh God!” Deputy Hurst yelled. “Are you okay?”
“No, I’m hit,” she screamed back at him in the video.
The video showed officers at the scene applied a tourniquet to Deputy Driver’s leg.
The wounded deputy was transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center and immediately taken into surgery, WBIR reported.
KCSO placed Deputy Hurst on paid administrative leave while the incident was investigated, as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings, WBIR reported.
The pit bull that attacked Deputy Driver was taken into custody by animal control.
Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler said Deputy Driver was released from the hospital on July 9 and has begun rehab, WVLT reported.
When he released the bodycam, Sheriff Spangler said the KCSO Office of Professional Standards had thoroughly investigated the incident.
The sheriff said KCSO sergeants had reviewed the bodycam, interviewed Deputy Hurst, and reviewed the findings of the department’s Major Crimes Unit and determined that deputies violated no general orders during the incident, WVLT reported.
Officials said that Deputy Driver graduated from the academy in May, but had worked for the sheriff’s department since 2015 in the LEIDs unit and corrections, WBIR reported.
Deputy Hurst is a veteran of the sheriff’s department who fatally shot a man armed with a knife who had already stabbed three women in at a gas station in Strawberry Plains in 2020.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING -Graphic Content: