TBI investigating MCSO K-9 bite

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By Goose Lindsay

Ninth District Attorney General Russell Johnson has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into an incident involving an alleged dog bite by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office K-9 that occurred last week near Wartburg.

The incident led to the arrest of Brian Marshall Kennedy, 54, of Wartburg. He was charged with DUI, resisting stop/frisk/halt, immediate notice of accident, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear.

General Johnson said there is a video of the incident, but since it is part of a TBI investigation any such evidence is protected by the confidentiality statute.

Johnson did say in an email “what is on the video is disturbing to me and that is why I predicated the TBI investigation.”
According to an incident report filed by officer Adam Bryant, the alleged incident occurred in the White Pine Estates area near Wartburg.

Bryant responded to a wreck call and was advised by dispatch that the male who wrecked the vehicle had fled on foot. Wartburg Police Department Officer Noah Harris was on scene searching for the suspect when Bryant arrived.

According to the report, Bryant exited his vehicle and could hear a subject stating the man who wrecked the truck tried to force his way into a subject’s home. Bryant then deployed K-9 Jensen for a track and went to the driver’s side door of the wrecked truck. Bryant’s report said he could smell a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage from inside the vehicle.

Jensen tracked the roadway and found the subject hiding in the bushes off the side of the road. When coming upon K-9 Jensen, Bryant could see the defendant, Brian Kennedy, hitting K-9 Jensen in the head and face area with his fist.
The report did not say when Jensen allegedly bit Kennedy, but it did say the defendant was taken into custody and EMS was called to the scene for the defendant.

The report went on to say while searching the defendant, Bryant found a tube with a powder substance in it, and the defendant had snorted hydrocodone tablets. Bryant also stated he could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the defendant’s mouth every time he spoke.

Upon his arrest, Bryant was taken to the hospital by Morgan County EMS.

Morgan County Sheriff Glen Freytag said his office is cooperating fully with the TBI investigation.