Knox County deputy released from hospital after being shot in leg during dog attack

KCSO officers were responding to a call on the 8200 block of Brickyard Road.
An officer in Tennessee was shot in the leg by her partner during a pit bull attack. (Source: WVLT)
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 1:29 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2022 at 3:40 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - An officer with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office was released from the University of Tennessee Medical Center on Saturday after she was shot in the leg while serving felony warrants on July 5, according to office representatives.

Her release marked the beginning of her rehabilitation process. KCSO officials said the investigation is still underway but should be concluded within a few days.

According to a release, officers were called to the 8200 block of Brickyard Road in Powell at 10:57 p.m. While serving the warrants, a pit bull came around the trailer and began attacking Officer Lydia Driver. Driver’s partner, Jordan Hurst, tried to subdue the dog, but inadvertently shot Driver in the leg, officials said.

Driver was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for emergency surgery. She was recovering in the Intensive Care Unit, Sheriff Tom Spangler said. Hurst was put on administrative leave, as is procedure, KCSO officials said.

“Law Enforcement is a dangerous profession; it is unpredictable,” Spangler said. “Officers deal with people and situations the average person will never experience 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’m grateful.”

WVLT News spoke to Kimberly Glenn, a KCSO representative, who said that Driver has been with the agency since 2015, and only just graduated from the academy. Glenn also told WVLT News that the dog was taken into animal control custody and is currently at Young-Williams Animal Center.

“Sheriff Tom Spangler wishes to thank the Knoxville Police Department for their assistance and the entire staff at UTMC. Additionally, he asks that the community continues to pray for Officer Driver and her full recovery as well as her entire shift,” a release from KCSO said.

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