MEDINA, Ohio — The Medina County Sheriff’s Workplace launched disturbing drone video that seems to indicate a housebreaking suspect making an attempt to drown a police canine in a creek.
“He was mainly making an attempt to hurt the K9 and even kill the K9,” stated Captain Kevin Ross.
The suspect, Shane McCloud, 29, of Akron, was booked into the Medina County Jail following a dramatic chase that lasted about an hour.
He is dealing with a number of prices, together with resisting arrest, housebreaking, and assault for the assault on the 7-year-old German Shepherd named Blek.
“We positively assume he’s a part of the division, which he’s, and he is identical to some other officer,” Ross stated.
The drone reveals the suspect, who was being pursued by deputies, go into Chippewa Creek in Guilford Township Friday morning.
Blek’s handler, Deputy Ryan Gibbons, despatched the canine into the creek in an try to maintain the suspect at bay, however McCloud managed to seize the K9 and maintain him underwater for a number of seconds, deputies stated.
“When the canine is swimming, you do not have the facility,” Ross stated. “You do not have the engagement that you’d usually have on land.”
Within the video the canine seems to be disoriented as he walked in the direction of the financial institution, moments after he was let go by the suspect. A number of officers, together with Gibbons, went into the creek to take care of Blek.
McCloud was apprehended moments later close to the creek.
“I needed to verify he was in custody and not capable of damage any of us. If he is prepared to do this to an animal, what’s he prepared to do to individuals,” Gibbons instructed Information 5.
McCloud was taken to Cleveland Clinic Medina Basic to be checked out earlier than he was transported to jail.
One other EMS crew examined Blek who was then taken to a veterinarian.
Medical doctors instructed Gibbons to look at the canine for uncommon conduct in case he had water in his lungs. Apart from a limp and a few soreness, the K9 gave the impression to be doing okay and was again to work on Monday.
“It takes a variety of bravery and a variety of coronary heart that this K9 has,” Ross stated. “He’s an officer right here although he is a K9.”
The incident began round 8:15 a.m. Friday after a lady known as to report a housebreaking at her trailer dwelling on Greenwich Street.
“I received him in my home. I have never been dwelling. He was in my home,” the girl instructed a 911 operator.
The Medina County Sheriff’s Workplace responded and activated a $30,000 drone which was donated by a personal citizen.
The drone has two cameras, together with one which makes use of infrared expertise. Drone operator Detective Larry Covey tracked McCloud as he went right into a wooded space.
Ross stated deputies on foot caught as much as him, however McCloud did not cooperate.
“He wasn’t taking his fingers out of his pockets, wasn’t displaying his fingers. We weren’t positive if he had a gun,” Ross stated.
Investigators stated McCloud received up and ran, crossed Greenwich Street, went out and in of the creek, earlier than going again into the creek after the canine was launched.
Whereas deputies have been outraged by what they noticed on the video, they’re additionally grateful that Blek has no severe accidents and the suspect was captured.
The Seville Police Division, Westfield Police Division, Medina County Drug Activity Power, and Seville-Guilford Hearth Division assisted within the case.