SWAT Member Shoots Pit Bull During Early Morning Drug Raid, 5 Charged
BROOKSVILLE – A sad reminder that drug dealing and Pit Bull ownership do not mix, after a Pit Bull was shot and killed during an early morning drug raid.
According to officials, while executing a search warrant at 9033 Parrish Ave this morning, a Pit Bull charged after and attacked a SWAT team member. During the attack, a second team member shot the dog while other team members deployed pepper spray, which had no effect. Moments later, the dog appeared to be going into shock and was no longer a threat to deputies.
The dog was transported by an HCSO Animal Enforcement Officer to a local emergency veterinarian for immediate care. Once at the facility, the veterinarian determined the dog would require surgery but the dog’s owner chose to euthanize the animal.
During the Parrish Ave raid detectives simultaneously executed a warrant at 20030 Peyton Place, less than a block away. That raid resulted in the arrest of one individual who also faces numerous drug charges.
Inside the home on Parrish Ave detectives located 70 grams of liquid methamphetamine, 17 grams of crystal meth, MDMA pills (ecstasy), morphine, and paraphernalia.
Vanessa Billingsly, 29, Brandy Parker, 39, and John Hazelton, 49, all face numerous sales and possession charges. Jerry Parker, 49, is charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition.
42-year-old Brian Wendler was arrested at the Peyton Place address and is held on a $42,000 bond.
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