Grand jury indicts man accused of shooting 2 Kent police officers during home invasion

Grand jury indicts man accused of shooting 2 Kent police officers during home invasion
(Source: Tim Dubravetz)

KENT, Ohio (WOIO) - The man accused of shooting two Kent police officers after breaking into a Kent home was indicted by the Portage County Grand Jury.

Dante Dixon, 40, was indicted on two charges of felonious assault on police officers and one charge of aggravated burglary and having weapons under disability.

Prosecutors said Dixon has an extensive criminal history and was just released from prison.

Kent police said Dixon broke into a home in the 1500 block of E. Summit Street where a 14-year-old babysitter was home alone with a one-year-old child on Jan. 16.

The babysitter hid inside the home and called 911.

When officers arrived, they said they entered the home and immediately confronted Dixon, who was armed with a handgun.

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 treated and released from local hospitals.

Kent police said 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.

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.

Dixon remains in jail on a $1 million bond.

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