The Walker County Sheriff’s Office K9 Rocky, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, died in a tragic incident Saturday evening, July 6, Sheriff Steve Wilson said.

Several Sheriff’s Office deputies were serving a felony warrant at 250 Kristen Drive, Chickamauga. During the arrest of four individuals in the residence, loud commands were given by deputies and, subsequently, a substantial amount of commotion ensued from the residence.

During the arrest of the individuals inside the residence, Deputy Corey Griffin and his partner, K9 Rocky, were positioned at the rear door of the residence.

As the individuals were being taken into custody, K9 Rocky became aggressive and uncontrollable towards Deputy Griffin, refusing all commands. As Deputy Griffin struggled to bring K9 Rocky under control, the K9 attacked Griffin, inflicting serious bite wounds to Griffin’s left arm, while not releasing from the deputy’s arm.

Fearing that he was in imminent danger of being disabled by the K9, Griffin drew his service weapon, fired and struck the K9 three times.

Griffin was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released Sunday.

This was the second time that K9 Rocky had attacked Griffin in the four years that they had been partners. On Nov. 20, 2018, while law enforcement officers were searching for a shooting suspect in Rossville, Griffin sustained serious bite wounds which were inflicted by Rocky and required medical attention for Griffin.

A memorial service is being planned for Rocky the week of July 14.