Volusia sheriff’s K-9 killed by friendly fire, deputies say

Photo via WESH
Photo via WESH

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — An armed man who held Volusia County deputies at bay for nearly two days never fired his weapon and did not kill a sheriff’s K-9 during a standoff last week, deputies said.

Eddie Powell still faces a host of charges in connection with the Nov. 22 incident. The standoff ultimately ended when Powell was flushed out of woods in Deltona after being shot and wounded, according to deputies.

Investigators said K-9 Forest had tracked Powell the first day of the ordeal. Powell was accused of having attacked the dog, punching him while pointing a gun at two deputies.

Authorities said the deputies opened fire and Forest was killed by those bullets.

Sheriff Ben Johnson said Powell’s actions led to the standoff. “Eddie Powell is responsible for the death of Forest just as surely as if he had pulled the trigger,” Johnson said.

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