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Suspect indicted in death of Canton K-9 Jethro

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Posted at 10:07 AM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 10:07:56-05

The man accused of shooting and killing Canton K-9 Jethro in January was indicted by a grand jury this week.

Kelontre Barefield was indicted on multiple charges including aggravated robbery, felonious assault, assaulting a police dog, harassing a police dog and breaking and entering. 

K-9 Jethro responded with officers to a burglary call at Fisher Foods on Harrison Avenue SW around 1 a.m. on Jan. 9.

Barefield allegedly confronted Jethro and fired several shots. Jethro was struck three times.

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Officers fired back, hitting Barefield. He was found nearby in a field with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Authorities announced Sunday morning that Jethro had died from his injuries. 

Barefield is being held in jail on a $5 million bond.

According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Barefield was locked up on July 9, 2013 for a burglary out of Stark County and for breaking and entering and vandalism out of Cuyahoga County. He was sentenced to a total of one year and nine months in prison. He was released on Feb. 4, 2015.