MEDINA, Ohio – The Medina County Sheriff’s Office has released a disturbing drone video that appears to show a burglary suspect trying to drown a police dog in a cove.
“He was basically trying to harm K9 or even kill K9,” said Captain Kevin Ross.
The suspect, Shane McCloud, 29, of Akron, was held in Medina County Jail following a dramatic chase that lasted about an hour.
He faces multiple charges, including resisting arrest, burglary and assault for the attack on the 7-year-old German Shepherd named Blek.
“We really think he’s part of the department, which he is, and he’s just like any other officer,” Ross said.
The drone shows the suspect, pursued by MPs, traveled to Chippewa Creek in Guilford Township on Friday morning.
Blek’s handler, Deputy Ryan Gibbons, sent the dog into the cove in an attempt to keep the suspect at bay, but McCloud managed to grab the K9 and hold it underwater for several seconds, the police said. deputies.
“When the dog is swimming, you don’t have the power,” Ross said. “You don’t have the commitment that you would normally have on earth.”
In the video, the dog appears disoriented as he made his way to shore, moments after being released by the suspect. Several officers, including Gibbons, went to the cove to deal with Blek.
McCloud was apprehended moments later near the creek.
“I wanted to make sure he was in detention and couldn’t hurt any of us anymore. If he’s willing to do this to an animal, what is he willing to do? to people, “Gibbons told News 5.
McCloud was taken to the Cleveland Clinic Medina General to be checked there before being taken to jail.
Another EMS team examined Blek who was then taken to a vet.
Doctors told Gibbons to watch the dog for unusual behavior in case he got water in his lungs. Aside from some lameness and some pain, the K9 appeared to be doing fine and was back to work on Monday.
“It takes a lot of courage and a lot of heart for this K9,” said Ross. “He’s an officer here even though he’s a K9.”
The incident began around 8:15 a.m. on Friday after a woman was called to report a burglary in her trailer on Greenwich Road.
“I got him at my house. I didn’t go home. He was at my house,” the woman told a 911 operator.
The Medina County Sheriff’s Office responded and activated a $ 30,000 drone that was donated by a private citizen.
The drone has two cameras, one of which uses infrared technology. The drone operator, Detective Larry Covey, followed McCloud as he entered a wooded area.
Ross said deputies on foot caught up with him, but McCloud did not cooperate.
“He didn’t take his hands out of his pockets, didn’t show his hands. We didn’t know if he had a gun,” Ross said.
Investigators said McCloud got up and ran, crossed Greenwich Road, entered and exited the creek, before returning to the creek after the dog was released.
While MPs were outraged by what they saw on the video, they are also grateful that Blek was not seriously injured and that the suspect was captured.
The Seville Police Department, Westfield Police Department, Medina County Drug Task Force and Seville-Guilford Fire Department assisted in the case.