Sheriff's office K-9 injured while searching Destin home (UPDATED)

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Dax, an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office K9 was injured after falling through an attic in Destin during a search for suspects Monday morning.


An award-winning OCSO K9 was seriously injured this morning during a search for a burglary suspect in Destin.

Deputies were called to a house on Bambi Drive after the home’s alarm was activated around 3:45 a.m. Deputies interrupted a burglary in progress as one individual ran out of a side door and towards the waterline. Inside on the first floor they found Christmas gifts torn open and other areas in disarray.

A perimeter was set up to try to locate the fleeing man. K9 “Dax” and his handler, Deputy Tim Patterson, arrived to assist. While searching the residence, K9 Dax fell through a ceiling located in an attic space on the 3rd floor, landing on a concrete porch approximately thirty feet below.

He was taken to Bluewater Animal Hospital for treatment and then transported to a veterinarian in Pensacola for surgery on a broken leg. Initial indications are that he will recover from his injuries.

Dax and Deputy Patterson, along with K9 Diesel and Deputy Jonathan Duenas earned the National Case of the Quarter from the U.S. Police Canine Association in 2014 for their work assisting the Crestview Police Department during a felony search warrant.

The investigation into the burglary continues at this time.

Original Story:

Residents along Bambi Drive in Destin were told to stay indoors early Monday morning as deputies from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office responded to an alarm activation.

A call came in about 3:45 this morning, according to a press release from the OCSO. When deputies arrived on scene they found signs of forced entry to a door. Additional units arrived to help search the area.

While searching the home's attic, a K-9 fell and was injured. "Dax" was rushed to Bluewater Bay Animal Hospital where he's undergoing treatment, the release said.

Residents were initially asked to remain inside their homes while the search was taking place, but Public Information Officer Michele Nicholson said the search concluded at 8:40 a.m. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the OCSO at 651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.