Crossville, TN - Crossville Police K9 Cain was murdered by a suspect on Wednesday morning.
The incident occurred about 4:20 AM, and began on Hwy. 68 near Grassy Cove, according to WBIR. Crossville police officers were in pursuit of a tractor-trailer that had struck another vehicle and then swerved into the path of a Cumberland County police cruiser.
Cumberland County deputies joined in the pursuit, and the tractor-trailer continued down a dirt road, off of Genesis Road at Obed River, until it finally crashed into a tree. The driver, Dustin Lee Dixon, age 28, got out of the tractor-trailer and fled on foot into nearby woods.
A Lieutenant with the Crossville Police Department's K9 unit sent Cain in to find Dixon. When K9 Cain came out of the woods, he had been stabbed multiple times in the chest. K9 Cain was transported to a local veterinary hospital for treatment, and then transferred to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center, where he later died.
Police said that the tractor-trailer had been stolen from a Crossville business earlier in the night.
Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox said, "It’s heartbreaking. I was talking to some of the officers just a moment ago and it’s a somber, quiet moment right now we’ve never dealt with a situation like this of losing one of our K9 officers or God forbid, an officer." He said that K9 Cain was "protecting his handler from harm."
The Sheriff said, "What would have the outcome been had Officer Cain not been there, what would have Lieutenant Riden faced or the other officers had faced?"
Dixon was arrested and is facing multiple charges, including charges related to K9 Cain's murder.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Crossville Police Department in its loss of hero K9 Cain.
K9 Cain, your life mattered.