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Tunica County deputy under investigation for death of K9

Tunica County Deputy Columbus Jones declined to comment on the investigation Tunica County Deputy Columbus Jones declined to comment on the investigation
Tunica County Deputy Columbus Jones' previous K-9, Atticus, was shot and killed Tunica County Deputy Columbus Jones' previous K-9, Atticus, was shot and killed

(WMC-TV) - A Tunica County sheriff's deputy is under investigation after two different K-9s died while working with him.

Tunica County investigators want to know what happened to one of its K-9 deputies. And they hope to have some answers very soon.

Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Sergeant Troy Simmons says a lot of work goes into the handling of his canine sidekick, Ceasar, to keep the 3-year-old German shepherd safe.

"There's a lot of care involved, especially training. You want to make sure they're healthy. You want to make sure they are able to do the job when asked to do it," said Sgt. Troy Simmons, Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

Unfortunately, in Tunica County a K-9 deputy named Bester is dead and Action News 5 is told it is the second one that has died in the past 16 months while in the care of Tunica County Deputy Columbus Jones.

Jones is now under investigation.

Action News 5's Jamel Major knocked on Jones's front door Tuesday afternoon and when he answered, he elected not to comment.

In 2011, Jones was placed on administrative leave after his K-9 partner, Atticus, escaped from his yard and was shot to death by a neighbor who said Atticus attacked his pet dog.

"You got to watch them like children. They eat with you. They sleep in the same house with you. When you're off, they're off. But you still want to continuously look after their well-being," said Sgt. Simmons.

Meanwhile, Tunica County Public Information Officer Larry Liddell said a necropsy will determine exactly how Bester died.

Authorities say until the investigation is complete it is unclear whether disciplinary action will be taken.

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