Animal Services Officer Violently Attacked – One in Custody After Short Foot Pursuit
SPRING HILL – Several deputies responded to 1126 Bolander Ave this evening, after dispatch received a frantic call from an Animal Services Officer who says she was being physically attacked by a man outside of the residence.
RNRF arrived on scene, just as numerous deputies cautiously approached the residence wielding protective shields. Deputies searched the home and discovered that the suspect had fled on foot before their arrival.
A K-9 unit arrived on the scene and began tracking the suspect in a wooded area behind the residence. Within 30 minutes, the suspect was located a few houses away, hiding in a shed. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning.
An official report has not been released by the Sheriff’s Office but sources say the suspect is identified as Benjamin Franklin Gary Jr. There are unconfirmed reports that Gary will be charged with 2 counts of Battery, 1 count of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, and Resisting Arrest with Violence.
One neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said the man has caused trouble in the neighborhood for a long time and that he suspects the suspect trains dogs to be violent.
The Animal Services Officer did not appear to be injured and Fire Rescue was not dispatched to the scene.
We will bring a full report on this incident as information develops.
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