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Reported by Janice Broach

Trio of West Tennessee officers indicted

OAKLAND, TN (WMC-TV) - A trio of West Tennessee officers have been indicted. Investigators said they faked the death of a drug dog so they could collect an insurance policy.

Former Oakland  police chief Robert Tisdale along with two other officers are accused of filing a false insurance claim on a car that ran over a police dog. It never happened. The dog was discovered alive and well in Tipton County.

Action News 5 went to Tisdale's Oakland home, but his wife said he had not comment.

In August, Tisdale said, "We had officers who had the dog out for training, the dog was hit by a vehicle, reported to them and they turned in a police report."

The Oakland police department collected $5,000 from the insurance company and bought another dog. 
Officials started investigating after getting reports the dog was not dead.

"I'm really shocked. I thought he was a good police chief I can't believe that happened," Oakland resident David Phillips said.

"I'm glad you shouldn't do something like that," Oakland resident Ashley Troughton said.

All three men bonded out of jail soon after they were arrested.

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