On Tuesday evening, a Knox County, Tennessee, sheriff’s officer suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. This came as she was serving a felony warrant.
Around 10:57 p.m., officers responded to a call in the 8200 block of Brickyard Road in Powell. As Officer Lydia Driver was serving the warrant, a pit bull approached and attacked her. While Officer Jordan Hurst, her partner, attempted to subdue the dog, he accidentally shot Driver in the leg.
Driver was transported to a hospital where she underwent surgery. She was recovering in ICU. Hurst was put on administrative leave, per department policy.
The dog was placed in the custody of animal control and is now at an animal center.
“Law enforcement is a dangerous profession. It is unpredictable. Officers deal with people and situations the average person will never deal with in their lifetime. This incident is unfortunate, but we will get through it together. We are blessed to serve a community who loves and appreciates our men and women; for that, I am grateful,” stated Sheriff Tom Spangler.