Doraville, GA, April 5, 2016 – The Post Reports – Jeffrey Nathan Coleman, a 37-year-old Jasper, Ga. known fugitive, is facing animal cruelty charges for the April 1 stabbing of Doraville Police K-9, Tryko. K-9 Officer Tryko was stabbed in the mouth with a broken broomstick while assisting law enforcement in capturing Coleman, who was on the run from Pickens and other counties.
Coleman was traced to Dunwoody’s Hidden Branch subdivision on April 1st where he was trying to escape U.S. Marshals. Dunwoody Police were on scene providing agency assistance and Doraville’s K-9 unit was called on to assist.
In addition to the animal cruelty charges, Police say Coleman is facing aggravated assault and pointing a firearm at someone charges.
K-9 Officer Tryko received over 20 stitches and Doraville PD reports he is expected to make a full recovery and return to service soon.
Lt. Deyette, Tryko’s handler, as well as the Doraville Police Department, expressed personal thanks for the outpouring of concern and support. “It has been overwhelming to be reminded that there are many out there who support us,” Lt. Deyette wrote in a Facebook post Saturday.