Driver Charged in Crash That Killed K9 Officer

WHITLEY COUNTY — He crashed into a Whitley County Sheriff’s car, killing a K9, back in July, now charges have been filed.

Indiana State Police said the crash happened during a multi-county police chase. A trooper identified a car that had been stolen on U.S. 30. When the trooper tried to pull the car over in Kosciusko County, a passenger got out, but the driver, Clarence Shearer, drove away.

The chase entered Whitley County where a deputy positioned his car to stop Shearer. Shearer tried to avoid the stop sticks and crashed into the deputy’s car with K9 Cas inside. The police car burst into flames, and officers were unable to get Cas out of the car, said WANE-TV.

Shearer was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Now, Shearer faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, causing death of a law enforcement animal while operating a motor vehicle, resisting law enforcement, and criminal recklessness with a firearm.