From top-left to bottom-right: Travors Austin, Darrell Cunningham, Xavier Henderson and Ealwinne Richard. (Greenville Co. Detention Center)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A police dog being used during an operation in Berea on Tuesday was killed during a shootout, according to Earl Woodham, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The exact location of the operation was not immediately released, but local sources indicated the incident happened near the intersection of U.S. Highway 25 and Old White Horse Road.
Woodham said that because the investigation is under way, he cannot disclose details of the case. However, he did say that agents had made arrests. Assistant United States Attorney Beth Drake said they arrested four men in connection with the investigation.
Drake said 26-year-old Travors Austin, 23-year-old Darrell Cunningham, 19-year-old Xavier Henderson and 18-year-old Ealwinne Richard were arrested and charged with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and possession of firearms during the commission of a drug trafficking offense. They were being held at the Greenville County Detention Center.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page's website, the dog killed was a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois named Nash who had served with the ATF for five years.
State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said agents from that office were called to the scene to assist with the investigation.
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