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Autopsy of man who died after Sheriff’s Dept. K-9 bit him returned

The autopsy report of Chad Songer, who died while deputies from the Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department attempted to apprehend him at his home, has been returned by the Tennessee Office of the Medical Examiner. The incident occurred on January 31, 2021 at his residence in Brockdell and the autopsy was performed in Nashville on February 1.

The autopsy reports his main cause of death as acute methamphetamine toxicity, with contributory cause of death as the dog bite. The examiner’s report stated methamphetamine was detected in his blood and it caused a pulmonary edema. Puncture wounds, abrasions and contusions of the right leg were noted in the findings.

For more see the September 16 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.


  1. Diane on September 16, 2021 at 11:22 am

    It Don’t Matter If They Did Find Meth In His System , ( And I Hate The Stuff Myself), But That’s Beside The Point..The Deputy’s That Released The Dogs On Him, Should Have Been Charged With Murder, Just Like Anybody Else Would Have Been. They All Knew Him And Knew He Wasn’t Going Nowhere. This Is Just Them Trying To Cover Their Own Hindends.😡

    • Mel on September 21, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      @Diane, the dog was released when the man charged them with an axe. They cannot predict what someone, especially someone who is high, is going to do, no matter how well they know them. These officers have families to go home to every night too. They don’t deserve to be hurt or killed just for doing their jobs.

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