Funeral services set for Canton K-9 officer, charges filed against shooter

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jethro2CANTON, Ohio -- Services for Jethro, the Canton Police Department K-9 officer killed in the line of duty over the weekend, have been set for on Thursday.

Jethro was shot early Saturday as officers responded to an alarm at Fisher Foods on Harrison Avenue.

Police were searching the area when a suspect fired several shots. Jethro was struck three times in the face, shoulder and neck area.

Officers returned fire on the suspect, Kelontre D. Barefield, 22. Barefield was shot once in the leg.

Jethro passed away from his injuries at just after 10 a.m. Sunday.

Fox 8's Peggy Gallek reports Barefield has been charged with aggravated burglary and shooting a police dog. According to Ohio law, killing a police dog is a third-degree felony. Barefield could face one to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for that charge.

Barefield could face additional charges.

Services for Jethro will be at the Canton Memorial Civic Center on Market Avenue North at noon on Thursday. The doors will open at 11 a.m.

Cleveland Avenue North will be closed from 9th Street NW to 12th Street NW from 10:30 a.m. until the services are complete.

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