Four people were facing charges Thursday in connection to the death of a police dog that was shot following what authorities now say was a false report of a carjacking.
K-9 Hyco was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Anderson County Wednesday. Facebook/Brandon Surratt
Sergio Montez Martin, 23, of Anderson; David Fitzgerald Morris Jr., 22, of Anderson; and Martavious Shamon Craig, 18, of Seneca, were each charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of cruelty to police dog or horse, according to warrants.
Warrants allege the three men shot and killed K-9 Hyco while fleeing a traffic stop Wednesday on New Prospect Church Road near State 24.
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Multiple shots were also fired at Hyco's handler, Deputy Brandon Surratt, warrants said. The warrants didn't specify which suspect fired the shots.
Martin, Morris and Craig were being held at the Anderson County Detention Center.
A fourth person, Shirlandria Shaqua Dixon, 23, of Seneca, was charged late Thursday afternoon with filing a false police report of a felony violation.
Dixon is accused in the warrant of falsely telling law enforcement her car was hijacked outside a Dollar General.
The warrant alleges Dixon reported several armed black males got into her car at a business in Seneca, ordered her to drive into Anderson County and then forced her out of the car at the Dollar General in Townville.
"Her call to central dispatch led to the traffic stop involving K-9 Hyco," said Lt. Sheila Cole of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.
Hyco, a German Shepherd, was seriously injured and taken to a veterinary hospital, where he died. The decorated K-9 had served the department for six years.
News of Hyco's death spread quickly among law enforcement as agencies took to social media to express their condolences.
"This K-9 is a hero and gave his life to prevent the death of his K-9 Handler. God bless him and the Anderson County Sheriff's Office," Simpsonville police said in a Facebook post.
Greenville police said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the handler and department."
North Richland Hills police in Texas added: "Prayers to Anderson Co (SC) SO for the loss of one of their own...Rest easy buddy."
The Anderson County Sheriff's Office thanked the public for their "kind words about the tremendous loss" of Hyco in a Facebook post Thursday.
After receiving "numerous questions about how to make a donation or do something in Hyco's memory," the department said donations can be made to the Anderson County Sheriff's Foundation, 305 Camson Road, Anderson, SC 29625. Donations will be earmarked for K-9s.
A memorial service for Hyco will be held at a later date.
Additional information about the case is expected to be released at a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.