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Tennessee police department's K9 stabbed to death on the job

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of a K9 that was stabbed to death on the job. (City of Crossville)

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - The Crossville Police Department is mourning the loss of a K9 that was stabbed to death on the job.

K9 Officer Cain was assisting in the apprehension of a suspect who had reportedly stolen a semi-truck on Wednesday.

Police say K9-Lt. Bart Riden and Cain pursued the suspect who fled after the wreck. The police dog found 28-year-old Dustin Lee Dixon in the woods, but the dog returned with several stab wounds.

Dixon is being held at the Cumberland County Justice Center on several charges and could face more for Cain's death. It's unclear if Dixon has a lawyer.

The K9 was transported to a veterinary clinic and later to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital in Knoxville where he passed away.

A memorial open to law enforcement, first responders and the public is planned for K9 Cain on Aug. 10 at the Duer Soccer Complex at 11:30 a.m.

Condolences may be sent to:

Chief of Police David Beaty

Crossville Police Department

99 Municipal Ave.

Crossville, TN 38555

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