DeKalb officer honored for stopping dog attack

Peeler was the first officer to arrive when two dogs were mauling Erin Ingram near her Lithonia home in 2010. He told a jury in the criminal case against the dog’s owner that he rushed to the girl’s aid and beat the dogs with a metal baton to stop the attack. He ended up shooting and killing one of the dogs after it turned to attack him.

The DeKalb Police Alliance presented Peeler with its Valor Award for his efforts that day. It was the first and only time in his 12-year career that he had discharged his gun.