WPD could send K9 Kaas to Fair Bluff

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Submitted: Fri, 06/13/2014 - 5:40pm
Updated: Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:14pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington police dog that’s been off the street for months after a bite incident following a car chase could soon find a new home in Columbus County.

The Consent Agenda for Tuesday’s Wilmington City Council meeting includes a resolution transferring K9 Kaas to the Fair Bluff Police Department. A consultant’s report earlier this year said Kaas could still work with an experienced handler. According to a letter from Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham, Fair Bluff’s police chief has more than 10 years of K9 handling experience. Cheatham told council in his letter than Fair Bluff wants a dog to combat a growing drug and gang problem.

Kaas has been out of service after a Halloween night incident. Investigators say Johnnie Williams drove through a DWI checkpoint and led officers on a chase through northern Wilmington and New Hanover County. When it ended, Kaas’s handler, Ofc. Stafford Brister, put the dog through the window of the car, where it bit Williams several time. An investigation cleared Brister of wrongdoing, and a grand jury declined to indict him on any crimes. He later returned to duty as a patrol officer and without Kaas.


  • guesty says:

    Officer Brister isn’t a black female. If he was, he could get away with attempted murder by firing his weapon at another officer in the department parking lot. Right lieutenant?

  • Guest2020 says:

    The investigation stated that Officer Brister did nothing wrong, yet they punished him. What gives?

  • Helen C. says:

    Officer Kaas and Officer Brister have been unfairly punished by Cheatham, Evangelous and L. Padgett. What sense does it make for the Wilmington tax payers to give up half a well trained crime fighting team to another county where Officer Kaas will perform the same duty? The so called victim was definitely in the wrong, but the City of Wilmington worries more about placating special interest groups more than they care about fighting crime. This is a shame upon the City of Wilmington.

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