In Jacksonville, Florida, a 17-year-old teenager was arrested after he shot and killed Fang, a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office K-9 while on a chase after a carjacking on Sunday. Jhamel Paskel has been charged with killing a police dog, armed carjacking and two counts of kidnapping.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Fang’s handler, Officer Matt Herrera, was not injured. The shooting occurred near Interstate 10 and Commerce Center Parkway after police responded to an armed carjacker who stole a red four-door sedan.
At a recorded news conference Lt. Craig Waldrup stated Paskel admitted to the carjacking and killing K-9 Officer Fang. Paskel had been wearing a camouflage mask and carrying a handgun when he approached two women at a gas station and ordered one woman, Amanda Gears, to drive the red sedan as he held a gun to her head. A short distance later, after driving onto a dirt road, Paskel told the women to get out of the car. Because the vehicle had OnStar, police tracked the car until OnStar was able to shut off the engine remotely.
Paskel fled on foot from the car and as officers followed in pursuit, Fang was released to chase the subject. Paskal shot the dog and kept running until he was stopped by another service dog.
Fang was only three-years-old and a very closely bonded companion to his trainer; the pair had been together for the past two years. In Florida, killing a canine sheriff’s officer is a third degree felony. If found guilty, Paskel faces a prison sentence up to five years for that crime.
Rest in peace Fang.
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