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UPDATE: Memorial underway for Walker Co. K-9 deputy killed in Menlo standoff

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WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

UPDATE: Law enforcement officiers and first responders are gathering to pay tribute to Walker County Sheriff's Office K-9 deputy Tanja, shot and killed while deputies were attempting to arrest Steven Lee Waldemer on felony warrants.

Tanja's handler, Deputy Donnie Brown, sustained injuries himself in the shooting.

PREVIOUS STORY: A public memorial service has been scheduled for Walker County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Deputy Tanja who was shot and killed in the line of duty last Friday.

Tanja, her handler Deputy Donnie Brown, other Sheriff’s Deputies and State Parole Officers were attempting to arrest 58-year-old Steven Lee Waldemer on felony warrants when the shooting happened.  


Waldemer was arrested and charged with multiple felonies.

Tanja died at the scene and Deputy Brown sustained injuries to his jaw and neck.  Deputy Brown was treated and released from Erlanger Hospital.

The Public Memorial Service will be held Friday morning June 20 at 11 at the Walker County Civic Center at 10052 North Highway 27 in Rock Spring, GA.

Emergency service personnel and vehicles who want to participate in a memorial procession are asked to line up in the rear parking lot of Lafayette High School, at 10 a.m. Friday morning. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to We Ride to Provide, Inc., 15 Hunnington Place, Covington, Georgia  30016.

For additional information or questions, please contact Deputy Dewayne Brown at 706-638-5570 or Sgt. Chris Anderson 706-638-1909 Ext. 232.

PREVIOUS STORY: A Walker County Deputy shot Friday while trying to apprehend a suspect is doing well per the Walker County Sheriff's Office.  His wounds were not life threatening and he's expected to recover completely.  
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"First time we have ever lost one, we've had canines now, I want to say 15 years," recalls Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson as he briefs media on the costs involved in Friday's capture of 58-year-old Steven Lee Waldemer.   

Deputies came to arrest Waldemer after a woman claims he sexually assaulted her Thursday at his travel trailer in the High community of Lookout Mountain.

An assault allegedly witnessed by her children.

Sheriff Wilson says when deputies arrived at the trailer to serve an arrest warrant on the suspect, he opened fire on the first officer through the trailer, that happened to be the canine unit Tanya, who was only 8 weeks on the job.

"Deputy Brown was so emotional about what happened when I talked to him in the ambulance," said Wilson.

The accused fled the trailer after deputies deployed smoke grenades which ignited and caught the trailer on fire, creating confusion for the suspect to flee in nearby woods.

But a bloodhound brought by Georgia prison officials sniffed Waldemer out of the woods some 30 minutes later.

Sheriff Wilson says Waldemer surrendered peaceably despite being armed with a scoped rifle.

Meanwhile,Tanya's handler, Deputy Donnie Brown, is recovering at Hutcheson Medical Center.

Brown is expected to survive as Sheriff Wilson plans an appropriate funeral for his first canine to die in the line of duty.

Ironically, Wilson says a local motorcycle club just donated money to outfit Tanya with a bullet-proof vest.

Waldemer was not hurt and is facing a litany of charges including sexual assault, aggravated assault on a police officer, murder of a police canine, weapons charges and violation of parole.

Waldemer was previously convicted of kidnapping in Idaho where he had been incarcerated prior to being paroled and later moved to Georgia
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the follow-up investigation.

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