Greenville, SC – A wanted felon who repeatedly fled from Greenville County sheriff’s deputies was dragged out of his hiding place with his head in the jaws of a police K9 (video below).
The incident began on April 27, when a Greenville County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) deputy attempted to stop 47-year-old probation violator Kevin Leroy Scott White for driving with expired vehicle registration, WYFF reported.
White, who had a warrant for his arrest out of Florida, fled from police on his moped, and managed to escape, according to the GCSO video release.
At approximately 2:40 p.m. the next day, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) deputies went to a residence on Columbia Avenue in search of the fugitive.
They arrived at the home just as White pulled up on a moped.
The suspect then ditched the moped, and took off into the woods on foot, deputies said.
One of the deputies at the scene yelled towards the tree line, and warned White that he would be apprehended by the K9 if he did not surrender, bodycam footage showed.
As they were searching the area, a GCSO K9 tracked White to a dishwasher lying beneath the porch of a trailer home, and found him hiding inside of the unit.
The K9 clamped down on the left side of White’s abdomen, but his handler lost his footing, resulting in the K9 having slack in his leash.
The K9 released his grip and struck again, this time biting White on his head.
The suspect screamed and whimpered as the K9 dragged him out of the dishwasher by his head, bodycam footage showed.
Deputies also located 1.8 grams of crystal methamphetamine in his pocket as he was being placed under arrest, GCSO Office of Professional Standards Captain Tim Brown noted.
White was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and remained there until the following day, WYFF reported.
He was subsequently booked into the Greenville County Detention Center on charges of driving under suspension, failure to stop for a blue light, reckless driving, failure to register a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The State of Florida refused to extradite White, despite the probation violation warrant, the GCSO said in the video release.
The GCSO Office of Professional Standards ultimately determined that the K9’s handler, GCSO Deputy Kenneth Sandefur, violated the agency’s excessive use of force policy during the incident, GCSO Lieutenant Ryan Flood told WYFF.
The five-year veteran-of-the-force was subsequently suspended by the department for 40 hours, and was removed from the K9 division altogether.
The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is also looking into the altercation to determine whether or not excessive force was used, WYFF reported.
You can watch footage of the deputies’ encounter with White in the video below. The K9 captures the suspect at around the 3:15 mark. WARNING - Graphic Content