CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of shooting and fatally wounding a northeast Ohio police dog during an investigation of a grocery store break-in has been indicted by a grand jury.
Twenty-two-year-old Kelontre Barefield is charged with six counts, including aggravated robbery, assaulting a police dog and shooting at police. No attorney is listed for him in the Stark County court record.
Prosecutor John Ferrero tells The Repository that Barefield could get more than 50 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
Canton police say the 3-year-old German shepherd named Jethro was shot three times during the January confrontation and died the next day.
The dog’s police handler returned fire and shot Barefield in the leg. He was treated at a hospital and has been jailed on $5 million bond.