A Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was accused of shooting and killing a couple of his neighbor’s dogs in early January will not face criminal charges in Washington County Court, a grand jury decided Monday.
No true bill of indictment was ordered by the grand jury for Craig McDaniel, who allegedly shot two dogs and dumped their bodies in a nearby woods on Jan. 5.
McDaniel has been on paid administrative leave while an outside agency conducted an investigation.
Neighbor Jennifer Akers previously told the Nashville News that after searching for her dogs for a couple of hours when she was informed by McDaniel and another neighbor about the shooting.
McDaniel reportedly told Akers that the dogs had been chasing cattle on his property and placed them in the woods following the incident. Akers had described her dogs as mild-mannered and not the type to act aggressive.
Sheriff Len Campbell said Monday afternoon that McDaniel remains on leave pending the results of the internal investigation.
The Nashville News will continue to update this post with further information.