, Muskogee, OK

January 28, 2014

Attack by police dog under investigation

— TAHLEQUAH — An investigation is under way regarding an incident in which a Cherokee Nation Marshal Service K-9 bit a motorist during a routine traffic stop.

The traffic stop occurred about 8 p.m. Thursday near Kenwood. The motorist, a 30-year-old woman, was bitten on the left cheek. A police report will be finalized early this week and forwarded to the Cherokee Nation attorney general’s office for review. The motorist was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa for treatment.

“The No. 1 goal of the Marshal Service is to protect our citizens and ensure their safety, and we are dedicated to that mission,” said Shannon Buhl, director of the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service. “We want our citizens to know that this incident is being fully investigated and the appropriate course of action will be taken.”

The K-9 involved in the incident remains out of service.