A public memorial service has been scheduled for Walker County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Deputy Tanja, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Friday, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said today.
The dog, her handler Deputy Donnie Brown, other sheriff’s deputies and state parole officers were attempting to arrest Steven Lee Waldemer, age 58, on felony warrants at about 3:45 p.m. Friday in Menlo, Ga., when Waldemer allegedly shot and killed the dog. Waldemer was arrested and charged with multiple felonies.
Tanja died at the scene and Deputy Brown sustained injuries to his jaw and neck. He was treated at Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga and released.
The public memorial service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Walker County Civic Center, 10052 North Highway 27 in Rock Spring, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to We Ride to Provide, Inc., 15 Hunnington Place, Covington, GA 30016.
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