2 Kent officers, suspect shot during home invasion; 1 officer saved by his bullet-proof vest

2 Kent officers, suspect shot during home invasion; 1 officer saved by his bullet-proof vest

KENT, Ohio (WOIO) - A 14-year-old babysitter was home alone with a one-year-old child, when an armed man broke into the house early Saturday morning, said Kent police.

Two Kent police officers and the suspect were then shot during a struggle at the house.

According to Kent police, the babysitter called 911 from inside a home in the 1500 block of E. Summit Street.

Police said she was whispering and told dispatchers she was hiding inside the home.

When officers arrived, they said they entered the home and immediately confronted the armed suspect, Dante Dixon, 40.

Dante Dixon, 40, accused of shooting two Kent police officers.
Dante Dixon, 40, accused of shooting two Kent police officers. (Source: Kent police)

Police said multiple shots were fired and Officer Lenny Kunka was shot in the hand.

Kent police officer shot in the line of duty.
Kent police officer shot in the line of duty. (Source: Kent police)

Officer Kyle Auckland was shot in the chest and police said he was saved by his bullet-proof vest.

Kent police officer shot in the line of duty.
Kent police officer shot in the line of duty. (Source: Kent police)

Dixon, of Cleveland Heights, was shot in the abdomen.

Police said Dixon continued to fight with officers even after being shot and was eventually handcuffed by multiple officers; including, the two who had been shot.

Both officers and Dixon were transported to local hospitals.

Kunka and Auckland were released from the hospital Saturday, but the extent of Kunka’s hand injuries are not yet known.

Dixon underwent emergency surgery Saturday and was also released from the hospital later that same day.

He is now locked up in the Portage County Jail on the charges of aggravated burglary and felonious assault on police officers.

Kent police said Dixon knows a resident who lives at the home, but the person was not there Saturday morning.

Dixon’s car was parked multiple houses away from the home he is accused of breaking into and it is not clear what is intentions were, police said.

Kunka is a five-year veteran of the Kent police force and also worked as a deputy with the Portage County Sheriff’s Office.

Auckland is a seven-year veteran of the Kent police force and also served in the U.S. Army National Guard.

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