K9 Jethro

K9 Jethro

Canton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, January 10, 2016


K9 Jethro succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained early the previous morning while attempting to apprehend a burglar inside a grocery store at 1272 Harrison Avenue SW.

Officers had responded to an alarm activation at approximately 1:15 am and located the subject inside. The subject disobeyed officers' commands and Jethro was deployed. The subject opened fire, striking Jethro three times. The man then fled and continued firing at officers, who returned fire.

The man was taken into custody a short time later after he was found and suffering a gunshot wound to his leg. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 34 years in prison for killing Jethro and 11 years for burglary, with the sentences to run consecutively.

K9 Jethro was transported to Stark County Veterinary Emergency Clinic but died as a result of the wounds.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 2
  • Tour 1 year

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, January 9, 2016
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 45 years

burglary, k9 apprehension

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Jethro, i need to write my reflection today as i will not be at my computer on 10 January2018 and will be with my own K9 Jethro busy with training.

I have a very heavy heart with tears in my eyes . but also in my deepest heart i am happy to know that you are with our Heavenly Farther and playing with your fellow k9 friends.

Ryan we have never met in person ,but i know your loss and broken heart my friend on that terrible day one don't even want to think about.

You and Jethro inspired me to become a K9 handler.

My memories will always be with you and Jethro.

Lt. Chris van Niekerk
Mil. Vet. 32 Battalion ex South African Defense Force. (SA Army)

January 2, 2018

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