Suspect arraigned in shooting death of Canton K-9

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Kelonte Demorious Barefield

Kelonte Demorious Barefield

CANTON, Ohio -- The man accused of shooting and killing a Canton Police Department K-9 officer was arraigned this morning.

Kelonte Demorious Barefield, 22, faces charges of aggravated burglary, assaulting or harassing a police dog, felonious assault on a peace officer, having weapons under disability and shooting on or near a prohibited area.

In court today, Barefield's preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 22. His bond was continued at $5 million.

Barefield was in a wheelchair.

Officers and K-9 Jethro responded to an alarm at Fisher Foods on Harrison Avenue early Saturday morning. While searching the area, police said Barefield fired several shots. Jethro suffered gunshot wounds to the face, shoulder and neck.

Police returned fired, shooting Barefield in the leg.

Jethro died Sunday morning. A public memorial was held for him on Thursday.

Members of the Canton Police Wives Association held a fundraiser at Kerdunk Kupcakery in Massilon to raise money for the K9 Association and the Canton Police Department.

Cupcakes, cut-out cookies, and other treats were flying off the shelves as people packed the small store to purchase items. “It’s all very, very sad, for the community,” said Beverly Berndt. “I want to show my support for Jethro and Ryan Davis and his family.”

Debbie Pileggi, the owner of Kerdunk Kupcakery, said her husband is also a detective with Canton Police and she wanted to do whatever she could to show support.

Continuing coverage here. 

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