CANTON, Ohio (AP) – A judge has set a $5 million bond for a man charged with fatally shooting a police dog that’s being hailed as a hero in the northeast Ohio city of Canton.
Twenty-two-year-old Kelontre Barefield is charged with aggravated burglary and assaulting or harassing a police dog. No record of any attorney for Barefield could be found.
Canton police say the 3-year-old German shepherd named Jethro died Sunday after being wounded during an investigation of a grocery store break-in. Police say Barefield shot Jethro three times. The dog’s police handler returned fire and shot Barefield in the leg. Barefield remained hospitalized Monday.
About 80 people held a vigil for Jethro on Sunday outside police headquarters. Police Chief Bruce Lawver says he thinks Jethro is a hero who saved lives.
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