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Suspect linked to death of K9 now accused of stealing trooper’s wireless device

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) – The Fort Wayne man accused of ramming a police car and killing a Whitley County police dog is now charged with a brazen theft from an Indiana state trooper.

It happened as Clarence Shearer moved from the hospital to jail after that tragic police chase.

The Whitley County prosecutor says he figures he will file charges against Shearer sometime next week, in the death of K9 “Cas”, which could not be rescued from the burning police cruiser it was riding in.

In court documents, a state trooper says while he was transporting 31-year old Clarence Shearer from a hospital bed to the Allen County Jail on Thursday, to hold him on outstanding warrants, he handcuffed Shearer in the front and used a wheelchair because of the defendant’s crash injuries.

In the court narrative, the trooper said he noticed a wireless mobile device he uses, that allows him internet access, was missing from his car’s cupholder.

Jail staff patted Shearer down and found it stuffed in the inmate’s sock.

The court papers indicate Shearer said he didn’t know why he took the device, that he was not in “the right state of mind”.

Shearer has a substantial criminal record and is linked to, among other things, battery, criminal confinement, firing a gun into a house, and failing to register as a sex offender.

A squad car has been set up on the courthouse lawn in Whitley County, where items are being left on the car to honor K9 “Cas”.

Whitley County Prosecutor D.J. Sigler says he thinks enhanced charges are in order for Shearer, to reflect the fact “Cas” is a recognized law enforcement officer.

On July 10th, authorities say Shearer pulled off an armed carjacking in Plymouth, about 70 miles west of Fort Wayne.

A number of officers from various police agencies tracked the stolen car, and Shearer is accused of leading police on a multi-county chase on U.S. 30 that ended when Whitley County Deputy Gary Archbold parked his cruiser in a cross-over west of Columbia City, to place stop sticks in the roadway.

For an unknown reason, police say Shearer veered off the road and struck Archbold’s vehicle at high speed, causing the police car to catch fire.

Archbold wasn’t hurt, but his K9 partner was trapped in the car and died.

The Marshall County prosecutor may also file charges against Shearer, because the carjacking and chase began in that county.


Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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