LARWILL, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a carjacking suspect is expected to face charges after a fiery collision involving a northern Indiana officer's cruiser that killed a police dog.
State police say a Whitley County sheriff's deputy was sitting in his cruiser after setting up stop sticks along an U.S. 30 intersection Wednesday when the suspect's car collided broadside with his cruiser while trying to avoid the sticks.
Police say 31-year-old Clarence Shearer of Fort Wayne was booked Thursday at the Allen County Jail after he was treated for minor injuries.
Court records Friday don't list a lawyer for him.
The deputy escaped unharmed, but officers couldn't get the police dog out of the cruiser near the town of Larwill, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Fort Wayne.
Indiana State Police issued a release on a deadly pursuit:
Whitley County- A multi-county pursuit that began in Kosciusko County ended in in a fiery crash that took the life of a Whitley County K9.
This 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 US30 and Pioneer Drive. Shortly thereafter an Indiana State Trooper saw the vehicle travelling eastbound on US30 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 US30.
The driver of the Chrysler continued eastbound on US30, 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 US30 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 US30 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 US30 remained closed for the investigation and removal of the vehicles. US30 is expected to open at approximately 7:00 p.m.
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.