K-9 bites suspect in head during arrest in Greenville Co., deputies say

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GREENVILLE CO., SC (WSPA) – Deputies say a wanted suspect was sent to the hospital and a K-9 officer has been put in administrative leave after an arrest in Greenville County in April.

According to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrived at a home on Columbia Avenue to find 47-year-old Kevin Leroy Scott White. White was wanted for probation violation out of Florida.

When deputies arrived, they spotted White driving up on a moped. The sheriff’s office says White saw deputies and ran away and hid inside a dishwasher under a nearby porch.

White was bitten by a K-9 on his side and during the bite investigators say the K-9 handler lost his footing which resulted in slack on the leash. The K-9 released his bite on White’s side before biting him in the back of the head, according to the sheriff’s office.

White was taken to the hospital and has since been released and taken to the Greenville County Detention Center.

White is charged with Failure to Stop for Blue Light, Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Register a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, and Resisting Arrest.

The K-9 handler, Deputy Kenneth Sandefur, was placed on administrative leave after the incident and SLED was called in to investigate any possible violations of the law, according to the Greenville County  Sheriff’s Office.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office says they will have a Critical Incident Community Briefing on June 12 on the GCSO YouTube channel.

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