Sheriff’s K-9 dog gets loose, bites Walmart worker

A Fayetteville Walmart employee was bitten by a Fayette Sheriff’s K-9 early Thursday morning after the vehicle housing the dog became unlocked in the parking lot.

The 57-second incident was caught on the store’s video and showed no one opening the door prior the dog exiting the vehicle. The “bail-out” system on the vehicle is being replaced after a subsequent call to the manufacturer identified problems with similar units.

Maj. Bryan Woodie with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred Thursday at 2:04 a.m. Woodie said the deputy had arrived at the 24-hour Walmart at 1:58 a.m. to use the restroom. At 2:04:39 a.m. the store’s video camera showed the vehicle door opening even though no one had approached the vehicle, Woodie said.

As is customary when the door is opened on a K-9 vehicle, the dog exited, said Woodie. The dog subsequently bit 52-year-old Walmart employee Mang Dieke first on the arm and then in the groin area, Woodie said. Dieke was outside the store on his dinner break, Woodie added.

Woodie said the store’s video at 2:05:32 a.m. showed Dieke entering the store while dragging the dog still attached to his groin area. The deputy was approaching the store entrance as Dieke was calling for help.

The deputy recalled the dog, called for an ambulance and returned the dog to his vehicle, Woodie said. The elapsed time from the dog’s exit from the vehicle and the deputy gaining control of the animal was 57 seconds, according to the video, Woodie said.

Dieke was transported to Piedmont Fayette Hospital for treatment, said Woodie.

Given that the vehicle had been locked and secured prior to the deputy entering the store and because the “bail-out” locking system is mechanical, sheriff’s personnel Thursday morning contacted the manufacturer. Woodie said the manufacturer advised that there had been reports of problems with the 3-year-old system and that the transmitters were being replaced.

Noting that such an incident had never occurred with a bail-out system prior to this occasion, Woodie said that out of an abundance of caution the sheriff’s office is removing and replacing the transmitters and receivers in its vehicles that might be subject to interference from other keyless remote systems.

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Ouch..sorry someone got bit but just wondering...did the dog remember this guy??? Lets not get all nasty now.

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Ouch..sorry someone got bit but just wondering...did the dog remember this guy??? Lets not get all nasty now.

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One more reason to end the so called "war on drugs"

Just one guys opinion.

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These dogs are used for more than drug enforcement.

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So Who's Responsible for the Damages to Mr.Dieke?

Take your pick...the dog; the deputy, the sheriff, the manufacturer of the remote control; the dog cage lock manufacturer, Wal-Mart; or the people of Fayette County?

This one won't go away for a while.

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pips1414- More questions than just who pays!
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So Who's Responsible for the Damages to Mr.Dieke?

Fayette County is responsible for Mr Dieke's medical bills. And maybe a little extra. The next question is how do we see that this doesn't happen again. Checking the door locks, of course, goes without saying. If the locks are faulty maybe FC can recover Mr Dieke's expenses from the manufacture. But something else needs to be looked at also. The training of the K9. He only did what he was trained to do. So why was he trained to attack without his officer's verbal command? This is something that Fayette County needs to look at before a K9 attacks someones child.

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Does anyone know

how that man who was bitten is doing? This shows how violent those dogs are trained to be. Bad news for criminals, but also bad for the innocent when stupid things like this situation happens. I hope the City police check their bail-out systems, also.

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That check will have a one.....

with several zeros behind it when everything is settled.

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What more then likely happened and as usual Woodie fails to state possibilities is the deputy, if they were in fact using the restroom probably hit the so called "bail-out" button when removing or adjusting their belt.

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Sad, but i guess

this means the deputy never got to use the restroom?

How do you pronounce Dieke? Maybe a name change will be in order now.

Can this story be printed and handed out at the Clayton/Fayette County line?

Can you spell 1-8-0-0-Call-MY-A-t-t-o-r-n-e-y?

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K9 fiasco

So we have a guy bitten in the Dieke(or was that his name?) by a FC K9 and the disgraced and demoted but then re-promoted Major Woodie(LOL!) commenting. Shame Barry Babb lost the first time and then got exiled to the jail for having the audacity to run against the "King-In-Waiting-Now-That-Bruce-Jerrrdannn-Got-Sacked" Wayne Hannah, Randall's boy, but the voters can correct that mistake this November.

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all of you guys cause more issues then need to be
these guys are trying to protect us and you can only put us down

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all of you guys cause more issues then need to be
these guys are trying to protect us and you can only put us down

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all of you guys cause more issues then need to be
these guys are trying to protect us and you can only put us down

I don't think anybody is "putting down" those who attempt to protect and serve. I haven't seen anyone advocate any punishment for the officer involved. What happened appears to be an accident. Still the victim should not have to pay his own medical bills. And the incident should be investigated to see if future accidents can be avoided.

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I don't know why

but I feel so much better when I see "Major Woodie" covering......I mean telling the story :)

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Woof-

Woof!

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