EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — Investigators are trying to determine if two dogs caused the death of an Amazon driver whose body was found in the yard of a home in rural northwest Missouri.
Ray County Sheriff Scott Childers said deputies went to a home in Excelsior Springs Monday evening after reports that an Amazon truck had been parked in the same spot for about two hours, with its lights on and motor running.
The driver’s body was found in the yard in front of the home. His name has not been released.
Childers said the man had injuries consistent with an animal attack and two aggressive dogs — a German Shepherd and English Mastiff — were at the home. However, an autopsy will be conducted to determine if the dogs caused the driver’s death, he said.
A deputy shot and injured the mastiff because it was aggressive toward sheriff’s deputies and medical responders on the scene.
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The dogs went back into the house but the deputies could hear them barking and saw blood on the doggie door.
Childers said he and deputies went into the home and shot and killed the dogs in order to protect deputies, medical personnel and detectives at the scene.
The homeowners were out of town but the dogs were being cared for, the sheriff said.
Amazon said in a statement that it was “deeply saddened” by the driver’s death and is helping law enforcement with the investigation.
Excelsior Springs is about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of Kansas City.