Deputy Todd Frazier of Hancock County, Mississippi was on the job. It was a Monday night around 10:00 PM. He had his eye on a suspicious looking man parked in a car, waiting. Unfortunately, that man was a decoy in an apparent gang plot to capture and murder a police officer.
Deputy Frazier got out of his patrol vehicle and approached the suspicious man in the blue Lincoln Town Car. Before he realized what was happening, two armed men crept out of the darkness behind him. They attacked him, beat him, and cut his head open with a box cutter. The three thugs told Deputy Frazier that he was going to die, and they were going to kill him.
They began to drag the officer, blinded by his own blood, towards a wooded area nearby.
“They told him they were going to slit his throat, and they were dragging him toward the woods,” said Chief Deputy Don Bass. Bass added that authorities believe the attackers fully intended to make good on their threat, possibly to send a harrowing message to other police officers who patrol their territory.
In a last ditch struggle, Deputy Frazier managed to get a hand free. He grasped for his … Gun? His taser? His pepper spray? Nope! Deputy Frazier pushed a nifty little button that popped his patrol car doors and released an irate police dog named Lucas.
Lucas is a Belgian Malinois, and — although Deputy Frazier couldn’t see the dog through the blood pouring down his face — he sure could hear him!
“I could hear him coming,” Deputy Frazier recalls. “I couldn’t see anything because the blood was all in my eyes, but I could hear him coming, growling, and making these sounds … he sounded like a wolf! I thought, ‘Now he’s gonna get you.’”
Mississippi police aren’t sure how many gang members Lucas chewed on. All they know is that when they arrived on the scene, the gangsters had fled, and Lucas was covered in their blood.
Sheriff Ricky Adam noted that they’re not 100% certain whether this was a gang organized crime, or if these three thugs acted on their own. However, he said, “at this point in time I don’t care. This kind of attitude has been prevailing in Washington for the last six years and now it’s coming home to roost and we’re the targets.”
Thankfully, no matter how aloof or ungrateful D.C. politicians may seem, dogs like Lucas know where their loyalties lie.
Deputy Frazier’s nifty pop-door key is a new gadget for police departments. In fact, it’s only installed in two of Hancock County’s K9 unit vehicles. Thankfully, Deputy Frazier’s was one of them.
Deputy Frazier spent a day in the hospital and was treated for a large cut on his forehead plus multiple injuries all over his body. Lucas, the hero K9 dog, was uninjured and only required a really good bath.
Deputy Frazier’s attackers fled in the blue Town Car, which police say looks similar to a 2000 model with chrome rims. The attackers may have fled into Louisiana, and are only described as black males. Of course, by now, they could have easily made it to Texas as well.
If anyone reading this notices three men driving a similar car, and at least one of them resembles an old dog toy, please call 9-1-1. Do not approach or engage the suspects. If you’ve got a tip, please call Hancock County Sheriff’s Department at 228-255-9191.
“It hits us hard, it brings you to your knees,” Cheif Deputy Bass said. “We’re not a large agency, and all these guys have families. The main thing for anybody is to go home safe. We want to go home at night. But it could happen to any one of them. The threat is here and the possibility is real.”