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Friday, March 11, 2016

Madisonville, Tennessee - The Monroe County Sheriff's Department is Mourning the Loss of a K-9 Officer Who Drowned Trying to Capture a Suspect

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department is mourning the loss of a K-9 officer who drowned Wednesday while trying to capture a suspect who is still on the run.

According to the sheriff's department, Deputy B.J. Johnson and his partner, K9 Vigor, were tracking a wanted man through the Cherokee National Forest in Tellico Plains.

The deputies had to cross a river in their pursuit, and the strong current over powered both Deputy Johnson and Vigor.

"Deputy Johnson attempted to save his partners life several times but the current was too strong. Deputy Vigor was located down stream and deputies immediately began CPR and unfortunately they were unable to revive Deputy Vigor," according to a post on the department's Facebook page. "Deputy Vigor was a wonderful dog and will truly be missed."

The suspect, Doug Ellis, is still on the run. He is wanted for a violation of probation on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, and evading arrest.

The sheriff's department has asked residents of Tellico Plains and Coker Creek to keep an eye out for Ellis, and warns that he may be armed and should not be approached.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Monroe County Dispatch Center at 423-442-4357.





Tellico Plains and Coker Creek residents please be on the lookout for Doug Ellis. If you see Mr. Ellis please call the Monroe County Dispatch Center 423-442-4357 do not approach we have received information that he is possibly armed. Mr. Ellis is wanted for Violation of Probation. He is currently on probation for kidnapping, agg assault and evading arrest.












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