View More images >>Police shot and killed a large dog on Tuesday while attempting to search a Navarre house for suspected drug trafficking. According to Santa Rosa Sheriffs Office Public Information Officer Richard Aloy, SRSO deputies along with agents from the the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration attempted to serve an outstanding warrant at a home on Toledo Street in Navarre when the incident occurred.
According to a police report, the dog had been growling and acting aggressive toward the officers while being restrained by Cassie Marie Dyson, 21, who answered the door holding the dog. According to officers, Dyson was acting suspicious and was attempting to stall officers from entering the home. Officers also noted that Dyson, who is seven months pregnant, appeared to be under the influence of an "external agent" due to her mannerisms and behavior.
Despite repeated requests to calm and secure the dog, Dyson made no attempt to quiet the dog, which was estimated to weigh between 70-85 pounds. Then, officers reported that Dyson suddenly and diliberately released the dog. The dog immediately lunged toward the officers, who shot the attacking dog. After officers secured Dyson, she requested that officers go inside and retrieve her purse — and alerted officers that she had a "rig," or a syringe with a needle in it. Also found in the purse was a spoon. A search of Dyson's person yielded a green pill bottle in her pants pocket, which she stated was for Suboxin.
The officers were on the property in response to outstanding drug trafficking and other felony warrants.
The suspects were transported to the Santa Rosa County Jail. Dyson was charged with assault on an officer and drug possession charges. Dyson could face additional charges for the incident. Bond was set at $50,000 on Dyson.
Daniel Adams, 22, was arrested for an outstanding warrant and released on $10,000 bond.
Brandin Mullins, who was also in the house at the time of the incident, was arrested on outstanding felony warrants. No bond was set for Mullins.