WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) – Preparations are being made for a July 17th memorial service, set up to pay tribute to K9 “Cas”, the Whitley County police dog killed at the end of a high speed police pursuit.
In Columbia City’s Greenhill Cemetery, the Whitley County sheriff and other law enforcement staff gathered before noon Monday to talk about honoring K9 “Cas”.
There will be a short funeral service held Wednesday morning at the First Church of God in that town.
Later, things will move to the cemetery, and steps will be taken to properly recognize the police dog’s public service.
“We’ll have bagpipes playing, echoing Taps, and a 21-gun salute. Since Deputy K9 “Cas” passed away in the line of duty she’s treated as an officer would be,” said Whitley County Sheriff Marc Gatton.
July 10th, police say 31-year old Clarence Shearer of Fort Wayne pulled off an armed carjacking in Plymouth Indiana, then led police on a high speed chase through Kosciusko County and into Whitley County.
Sheriff’s deputy Gary Archbold parked in a cross-over along U.S. 30 and set up spike strips to stop the car.
Instead, Shearer–for an unknown reason– veered off the road and slammed into Archbold’s cruiser at high speed, touching off a fire that killed K9 “Cas”.
Sgt. Bob Theurer has worked in Fort Wayne PD’s K9 unit for more than 20 years and trained Deputy Archbold and his dog.
“Losing your partner just due to age or illness is bad enough, but to have them die in a manner like Cas did is unbelieveable, I just can’t imagine it,” said Sgt. Theurer.
We’re told K9 “Cas” will be cremated, the remains will be turned over to deputy Archbold and he will make arrangements to take care of them.