Man Arrested In Officer, Police Dog Shooting


UPDATED: Tuesday August 25, 2009 6:11 PM

A man suspected of shooting a Zanesville police officer and his canine partner was taken into custody Monday afternoon in northeastern Ohio.

Dominick Conley was arrested in downtown Canton shortly after 1 p.m. by police and an FBI task force, 10TV's Angela An reported.

Conley, 20, is accused of shooting Officer Mike Schiele and his canine partner, Bosco, Sunday night near the corner of Cliffwood Avenue and Indiana Street in Zanesville.

Schiele, a 6-year veteran of the department, was treated and released Monday from Grant Medical Center in Columbus, while Bosco was being treated at The Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital.

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On Monday afternoon, veterinarians said the dog had suffered paralysis to its front legs, but was showing some movement in its hind legs, 10TV's Jeff Hogan reported.

According to police, Schiele was attempting to serve Conley with a warrant when a struggle ensued and the officer released Bosco to assist.  As Bosco approached, Conley allegedly opened fire, hitting the dog in the neck.

Then, police said, Conley fired at Schiele, hitting him the leg.

"If our suspect had not fired two shots at Bosco, it's safe to say he would have fired at Patrolman Schiele," said Zanesville police Sgt. Ric Roush.

After the shooting, police said, Conley carjacked a nearby woman who had her 10-day-old baby in the back seat, An reported.

Conley later let the woman and her child go, but then broke into a home where he held six people at gunpoint before fleeing to Canton, police said.

Prosecutors said Conley will be charged with 11 counts, including kidnapping and assaulting a police office, An reported.

Elevated charges could be filed if the dog dies from its injuries.

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