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LCSO launches internal investigation

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting an internal investigation on an incident where K-9 Yeiko bit Major Jeffrey Hein according to Chief Deputy Jon Long.

The incident allegedly took place on Nov. 29 during a pursuit following a high speed chase where three were arrested and a LCSO deputy lost control of his vehicle and crashed.

While searching for the suspects involved in the high speed chase that bailed from the vehicle, Cpl. Corey Nadeau asked other law enforcement officers if they had water to give to Yeiko. Allegedly while trying to give Yeiko water by cupping his hands, the K-9 bit Hein in the neck.

“We are aware of what happened that day,” Long said. “We’re in the process of collecting video.”

The internal investigation is to determine if Hein acted inappropriately in his response to being bit by Yeiko, according to Long. Hein has taken annual leave days and will be placed on administrative leave on Monday pending the internal investigation.

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