A Mississippi sheriff’s deputy and his K-9 partner are recuperating after the dog fought off three attackers during an ambush incident earlier in the week, authorities say. Although it is still unclear what the men might have ultimately done to Sheriff’s deputy Todd Frazier, it is certain that the dog’s interference could very well have saved the law officer’s life.
ABC News reported May 27 that Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy Todd Frazier was ambushed by three unknown men at a deserted rest stop off Highway 90 in Pearlington, Mississippi Monday. The officer had stopped to check on a driver in a stationary vehicle after noticing that he did not appear to be moving, according to Sheriff Ricky Adam of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.
When Frazier, a three-year member of the department, approached the car, Adam said, he was attacked by two men who “surprised” him “and an altercation ensued. One cut him across the forehead with a razor, one choked him, and one grabbed his legs to carry him to the edge of the woods.”
It was at this time that Deputy Frazier was able to press the button unlocking the door holding back his K-9 partner, Lucas. The dog, a black Belgian Malinois, wasted no time in going after the attackers, biting and chasing after them as they then tried to flee in their car. In fact, Lucas was so determined to hang on to one of the attackers that he still had hold of a leg as the car pulled away.
The dog suffered some bruising to his shoulder and a few chipped teeth in the altercation. Sheriff’s deputy Frazier also exited the fray with bruises, not to mention the gash to his forehead. Neither acquired life-threatening injuries, Adam said, and are expected back at work shortly.
“Deputy Frazier is a good deputy and takes his job seriously. He is also an excellent dog handler — he trained Lucas himself,” Sheriff Adam noted.
It was that training — and Frazier’s presence of mind to press the unlocking mechanism to free the K-9 — that saved the sheriff’s deputy from what could have become a tragic incident. Given the sentiment of some with regard to law enforcement after several incidents of perceived police brutality and overreach throughout the United States, it is not difficult to imagine that the attackers, having already assaulted the deputy, might have committed an even more egregious act against Frazier if they had made it into the woods.
In an update to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the agency thanked all the well-wishers concerned for the dog’s health and noted that Lucas had also suffered a torn ligament and some road rash for his loyalty. Still, the K-9 is “recovering and expected to be fine.”
The attackers? They remain at large. Their motive for ambushing the officer at the rest stop is as yet unknown.