Lorain police fatally shoot suspect who allegedly attacked K-9 with knife

Published: Jul. 30, 2022 at 10:21 PM EDT

LORAIN, Ohio (WOIO) - A Lorain police officer shot and killed a 48-year-old man Saturday afternoon after he attacked a police K-9 during his attempted arrest, according to Elyria police.

K-9 Rye received stabbing injuries, Elyria police said, and was taken to an emergency animal clinic for surgery.

According to a news release, Lorain police have asked the Elyria Police Department to handle the shooting investigation.

The incident happened around 5:20 p.m. at a home on West 20th Street.

Elyria Police Chief William Pelko said Lorain officers were there to serve Charles White, of Lorain, with a felonious assault warrant.

Charles White
Charles White(Source: Elyria Police Department)

White refused to exit the house, and according to the release, officers made a plan to go inside and arrest him.

Lorain police sent in a K-9 unit and located White in the basement armed with a knife, Pelko said.

According to the release, White attacked K-9 Rye and stabbed the dog multiple times.

A Lorain police officer shot White to stop the attack, and he died on scene, according to the release.

Elyria police shared an update Sunday that K-9 Rye is recovering and resting.

The Lorain officer is on paid administrative leave, which is policy, as Elyria police continue investigating.

Pelko said the next steps will be interviewing the involved officers and reviewing their body camera footage.

“Lorain Police Department would like to thank the community for all of the support during this traumatic incident.”

— Elyria Police Department

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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