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Deputy bitten by dog searching for suspect, fugitive from justice

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 John David Buckman/Photos courtesy of Wilson County Sheriff’s Department   Troy Eugene Blount Jr./Photos courtesy of Wilson County Sheriff’s Department From Post staff reports

A Wilson County Sheriff’s Department deputy is recovering from dog bites from a pit bull he received while searching for a fugitive from justice and a suspect in another case.

The incident occurred on Tuesday as deputies arrived at a home at 9069 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon, to serve a Domestic Violence Warrant on John David Buckman, 35. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies were informed by Troy Eugene Blount Jr., 38, who was at the home that Buckman was not there. However, Buckman then drove up. Deputies advised him of the charges against him and placed him under arrest.

Blount, however, had left the residence when deputies were notified that he was actually a fugitive from justice with several charges pending against him from another state.

When searching the properties, it was discovered that Blount had crawled under a neighbor’s home where officers found him. Deputy Mike Long went into the crawlspace to arrest Blount, but upon entering a pit bulldog that belonged to the homeowner bit the deputy three times.

The homeowner could not produce proof of the dog’s vaccination paperwork so the dog was quarantined and the Health Department was notified.

Long was taken to University Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Blount and Buckman were taken into custody. No charges have been filed against the homeowner.

“These types of encounters happen a lot to law enforcement,” said Sheriff Terry Ashe. “Criminals often use pit bulls to guard their property where illegal activity or wanted persons live, although this was not the case in these arrests. This officer used tremendous restraint in not shooting the dog. I am hopeful that my officer will not have to undergo treatment and that the Health Department monitors this case very closely.”

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