Canton officer who lost K-9 Jethro in line of duty could soon have new partner

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CANTON – A Canton police officer, whose K-9 was killed in the line of duty, may soon have a new partner.

Canton Police Chief Bruce Lawver confirms that Officer Ryan Davis will head to Texas on Sunday to possibly get a new K-9 partner.

A non-profit organization is donating the K-9 for training.

K-9 Jethro was killed January 9 while he and Davis were investigating a breaking and entering at Fishers Foods. Jethro was shot several times and died on January 10.

Davis told Fox 8 that he believes Jethro saved his life. “It’s extremely difficult,” Davis said.

The suspect, Kelontre Barefield, is alleged to have fired several shots at officers. He is charged with felonious assault and shooting a police dog. He remains jailed on a $5 million bond. Barefield was injured in the shootout. He was shot in the leg.

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