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Van Akins

The owner of two dogs shot Tuesday by a deputy in DeKalb County, Ala., has turned himself in to the sheriff's office, a news release states.

Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson said Van Akins, 58, of Fort Payne, turned himself in Thursday on the warrant for harassment that was taken out by a family member.

That warrant was the reason a deputy was knocking on the door at Akins' home Tuesday. 

According to Sheriff Jimmy Harris, the deputy heard could hear dogs barking and growling from inside of the residence.

The deputy waited for a short time and was about to leave when the dogs came out of the back of the house and around the porch in an aggressive manner. The deputy fired at the dogs, killing one and wounding another.

Edmondson said the incident was captured on the deputy's body camera.

"The assistant chief deputy and I have reviewed this and we find that the deputy acted properly in this situation," Edmondson said. "It's a bad situation to have to take any animal's life but my officer's safety is top priority for myself and Sheriff Harris."

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