New K9 officer helps apprehend fugitive

Published 10:20 pm Tuesday, June 6, 2017


NATCHEZ — On his fourth shift, the newest Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputy helped apprehend a fugitive Tuesday who had allegedly threatened to harm deputies attempting to apprehend him.

The suspect was no match for the four-legged deputy, however.

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Maj. Shane Daugherty said when canine handler Cpl. Dustin Smith and canine Barry arrived at 88 Deer Lake Road, the suspect ran from behind the residence into a wooded area.

Daugherty said Smith gave Barry the command to search for the suspect. Barry located the suspect, Anthony Dewayne Mills, 33, 88 Deer Lake Road, who immediately lay down on the ground. Mills was wanted for two counts of cyberstalking.

ACSO Maj. Jerry Brown said Mills had reportedly been sending text messages threatening violence to a woman with whom Mills previously had a relationship.

Barry continued to circle and bark at the suspect until two deputies took Mills into custody without incident. Barry did not bite Mills.

Sheriff Travis Patten said Barry has already made an impact.

“Barry did exactly what he was trained to do, find the suspect, keep the suspect detained and only bite if the suspect is a threat,” Patten said. “I could not be more proud of the whole situation and the outcome.”

Patten said Mills has reportedly been a potential danger to deputies in the past.

“My deputies have had to answer calls after Mills has barricaded himself and threatened suicide, he has pointed a weapon at a deputy in the past and has recently posted on social media that he was not going to be apprehended on these most recent charges without causing harm to any deputy trying to arrest him,” Patten said.

Mills was in jail Tuesday with no bond set.