A Cincinnati-area man who shot an Ohio Police dog in Springfield township back in 2016 is now facing nearly two decades in prison.
27-year-old Tyler Jones was sentenced to 19 years in prison on Wednesday, having plead guilty to seven felony charges, including shooting STPD K-9 Pako.
Pako was shot in the shoulder but made a speedy recovery and has since returned to duty, having been awarded the K-9 Valor Award by the North American Police Work Dog Association last week.
Jones attempted to evade police and was ultimately stopped by spike strips. After fleeing from his vehicle, Pako gave chase and was shot in the process.
The female suspect -who bailed out of the vehicle mid-chase- was arrested uninjured.
“When a suspect is firing shots, it’s the same as the police officers that were taking fire,” Springfield Township Police Chief Robert Browder said at the time. “It’s the same thing – the dog and the human police officers. There’s no difference to me.”
According to WCPO, Jones was charged with four counts of felonious assault along with one count of assaulting a police dog, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of weapons while under disability.
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