Sheriff’s Deputy Dead After Apparently Trying to Protect 6-Year-Old Son from Vicious Animal

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A dedicated deputy sheriff died Tuesday night in Indiana, apparently protecting her young son from an attacking dog.

Tamieka White was a 17-year veteran of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, WTHR-TV in Indianapolis reported.

She was found dead shortly before 8 p.m. by police who were called after the frightened boy ran from the home.

White’s commander, Brittany Seligman, praised White’s final act.

“First and foremost, Deputy White was a mother. She died last night protecting the most important person in her life,” Seligman said.

A neighbor described the dog as “some type of pit bull mix” and said White was looking after someone else’s dogs, which had recently broken through the fence.

“They had been loose a couple times over the past weekend,” the neighbor told the news outlet.

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