Sheriff’s Deputy Sacrifices Her Life While Defending Son in Brutal Dog Attack
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The Indianapolis community is mourning the tragic loss of a local hero. Tamieka White, a 46-year-old Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy, was fatally attacked by a dog in her home on Tuesday evening, according to local authorities.
White, who had been a dedicated member of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office since 2007, was pronounced dead at her residence shortly after the incident.
Her young 8-year-old son also suffered from bites during the attack but is now recovering from his non-life-threatening injuries, as reported by the Indianapolis Star.
The responding Indianapolis police officer was also charged at by the dog, leading to the animal being shot and killed on site. The dog did not belong to White, and the owner has since been identified by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, although further details have yet to be released.
White, most recently serving in the judicial enforcement division, was revered by her colleagues as a courageous and dedicated public servant.
Her death has sent shockwaves throughout the community, with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office expressing their condolences on Facebook, stating, “She was a bright light to everyone and will be missed by all who knew her.”
The incident is currently under investigation, including determining the breed of the dog. Indianapolis Animal Care Services believe it to be a “pitbull-type.”