Jethro’s handler, Canton Police Department Officer Ryan Davis, said he was devastated by the loss of his partner, who he had worked with since Jethro was an eight-week-old puppy.
The death of the 3-year-old German shepherd devastated Canton PD Officer Ryan Davis, who had been Jethro’s partner since he was an 8-week-old puppy.
‘I would trade places with him in a heartbeat. Absolutely, because I wouldn’t have to sit here and suffer over the loss of him. ‘He’s left a hole that will never be filled. He gave his life for me,’ Davis says.
When Officer Ryan Davis and his K9 partner Jethro responded to a suspected burglary call, they didn’t expect things to turn violent. However, by the time the dust had settled, Jethro had been shot three times. The next day, he tragically passed away.
Kelontre Barefield, 22, was facing more than 50 years in prison if convicted.
Barefield took a plea deal on Wednesday, pleading guilty to several counts including 1 count of aggravated robbery with a firearm, 1 count of felonious assault while discharging a firearm at a peace officer, 1 count of felonious assault on a police dog and breaking and entering.