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New K-9 officer Flash sees first action

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Pickens Sheriff Press Release

Pickens County Georgia, June 19, 2015: On Thursday, June 18th, shortly after 1:00 pm, Deputy Chris Tucker and K-9 Flash had the opportunity to track through the woods of the Twin Mountain Lake area in search of an individual who had fired a weapon during a Domestic Dispute.

Around 1:00 pm, Deputies responded to the area of Twin Mountain Lakes Circle after the 911 center had received a domestic dispute call. According to the caller, 2 men had been arguing and fighting and one had fired a handgun. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies learned that the individuals who had been fighting were Tommy Voyles and Tony Childers. Speaking with numerous witnesses, deputies were able to determine that Voyles was the individual that had fired the handgun into the air while threatening Childers.

Childers had remained on the scene and cooperated with deputies. During the investigation, it was learned that Mr. Childers had a condition of his previous bond from jail that prevented him from being at the residence. He was then placed under arrest for a violation of his bond conditions and additional units responded to assist in a search for Mr. Voyles.

K-9 Flash and his handler, Deputy Chris Tucker, responded and immediately began tracking through the woods. After only traveling a short distance, K-9 Flash located Voyles and he was taken into custody without incident. Upon the completion of the investigation, Voyles was charged with Aggravated Assault. Both he and Childers were booked into the Pickens County Adult Detention Center.

Deputy Tucker recently came to the Pickens Sheriffs Office from the Savanah / Chatham County police department where he was a highly decorated K-9 handler. Flash, his partner in Savannah was allowed to leave the force with Tucker and come with him to work for the Pickens County Sheriffs Office. Flash is trained in the detection of Narcotics, Tracking, and as a Patrol Dog. The Pickens Sheriffs Office is excited to have them both on the force and look forward to all they will be able to accomplish.