Police identify man allegedly involved in carjacking, fiery crash that killed a police K9

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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The Fort Wayne man who police say carjacked a vehicle and led officers on a multi-county chase that ended in a crash has been named and will soon face serious charges.

Clarence Shearer, 31, is expected to face charges related to the fiery crash in Whitley County that claimed the life of a police K9.

Clarence Shearer, 31, of Fort Wayne, was taken into custody after he was released from Parkview Hospital in Columbia City.

Shearer is expected to face charges related to the pursuit and fiery crash that claimed the life of Whitley County Sheriff’s Department K9 Cas.

Indiana State Police said the passenger in the stolen Chrysler was also arrested and is sitting in the Marshall County Jail.

READ MORE: Memorial service honoring slain K9 set for Wednesday

A memorial service honoring the fallen K9 is set for Wednesday, July 17, at 10 a.m. at the First Church of God in Whitley County.

The memorial is open to the public.

A state trooper identified the suspect vehicle a short time later, and a “high-risk” stop was attempted in Kosciusko County.

At that time, a passenger exited the car, but the driver then sped off.

The pursuit continued on U.S. 30 with multiple agencies joining in the effort to apprehend the driver.

A Whitley County deputy positioned his car, a 2019 Dodge Charger, in the intersection of U.S. 30 and CR 450 West and set up stop sticks in an effort to end the chase.

That’s when, police say, Shearer — attempting to evade the stop sticks — collided broadside with the deputy’s unit, which caught fire.

The deputy was unharmed. Shearer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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