Memorial planned for fallen Whitley County K9, suspects arrested


COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (ADAMS) – The sheriff in Whitley County is planning a public memorial for a K-9 officer killed in the line of duty. The memorial for Cas will be next Wednesday in Columbia City. The dog died in a fiery crash after a police chase Wednesday. Two people have been arrested in the case – including the driver, Clarence Shearer of Fort Wayne. Cas served with Whitley County and the Columbia City PD for about two years.

Thursday afternoon, police arrested the suspects including the driver involved in the multi-county pursuit.

Clarence Shearer, 31 of Ft. Wayne, IN was taken into custody after being released from Parkview Hospital in Columbia City, IN. Shearer will have charges pending related to the multi-county pursuit and subsequent crash that took the life of a Whitley County Sheriff’s Department patrol K9 at the conclusion of the investigation.

The passenger in the Chrysler was arrested by the Plymouth Police Department and is in the Marshall County Jail.


ORIGINAL STORY (Jul7 12, 2019)

WHITLEY CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – A multi-county pursuit that began in Kosciusko County ended in in a fiery crash that took the life of a Whitley County K-9 officer.

Wednesday afternoon, around 3:30 p.m., the Plymouth Police Department put out a dispatch of an armed carjacking of a black 2016 Chrysler that occurred near the LifePlex gym near US 30 and Pioneer Drive. Shortly thereafter, an Indiana State Trooper saw the vehicle traveling eastbound on US 30 near Foxfarm Road. Once other police officers arrived a high-risk stop was attempted near Meijer Drive on US30 in Kosciusko County. The Chrysler pulled to the side of the road and stopped and the passenger got out of the Chrysler but the driver sped off, continuing eastbound on US 30.

The driver of the Chrysler continued eastbound on US 30, refusing to stop while being chased by officers from several police departments with the pursuit eventually entering Whitley County. A Whitley County Deputy positioned his car, a 2019 Dodge Charger, in the intersection of US 30 and CR 450 West and set up stop sticks in an attempt to stop the Chrysler from fleeing. The driver of the Chrysler attempted to avoid the stop sticks and collided broadside with the Whitley County Dodge Charger in the passenger side. The collision caused the Charger to go into westbound lanes if US 30 and burst into flames. Officers were unable to get the K9 patrol dog out of the Charger and it died on scene. The deputy was unharmed.

The driver of the Chrysler received minor injuries and is being treated at a local hospital.

Both eastbound and westbound lanes of US 30 remained closed for the investigation and removal of the vehicles.

This pursuit and crash involved officers from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, Warsaw Police Department. Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Pierceton Police Department, Winona Lake Police Department, and Indiana State Police.