Bond set at $215,000 for man accused of shooting police K-9 - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Bond set at $215,000 for man accused of shooting police K-9

Daleon Rice, 34, was wanted by police in two states (Provided by Crime Stoppers) Daleon Rice, 34, was wanted by police in two states (Provided by Crime Stoppers)
Daleon Rice was taken into custody at a house on East Robbins at Greenup streets early Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand) Daleon Rice was taken into custody at a house on East Robbins at Greenup streets early Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand)
Covington K9 Ernie (Provided by Kenton County Prosecutor Rob Sanders) Covington K9 Ernie (Provided by Kenton County Prosecutor Rob Sanders)
Ernie (PHOTO: Rob Sanders) Ernie (PHOTO: Rob Sanders)
Ernie after surgery (PHOTO: Twitter/ Rob Sanders) Ernie after surgery (PHOTO: Twitter/ Rob Sanders)
COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) -

A judge on Thursday set bond at $215,000 for the man accused of shooting a Covington police K-9 and stabbing his own mother in the head.

Police took Daleon Rice, 34, into custody early Wednesday at a house on East Robbins at Greenup streets after a two-state manhunt.

Covington and Cincinnati police began searching for Rice after he was charged with stabbing his own mother in the head on Sunday and then gravely wounded the K-9 at Wheeler and Trevor streets about 2:15 a.m.

Rice shot the dog, Ernie, twice and kept firing directly on the the K-9 handler before running off. The K-9 handler returned fire, shooting Rice in the leg.

The K-9 handler suffered a minor injury.

Rice faces charges in Hamilton and Kenton counties of attempted murder on a police officer, assaulting a police officer, assaulting a police service animal, domestic violence, assault, fleeing and eluding or evading police, felony theft, felony safecracking and breaking and entering.

Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders is calling for harsher penalties for suspects who wound police dogs.

He says the assault of a police K9 is only punishable by 1-5 years if the K9 is killed or cannot return to his duties. If the K9 makes a full recovery, the charge is dropped down to a misdemeanor. Sanders wants a change in the law.

"I would hope next year when the legislature goes into session, one of our local legislators will propose a law and call it Ernie's law,” said Sanders.

Ernie is the second Kenton County K9 in eight months to be assaulted by a suspect. Kenton County Sheriff K9 Santo was choked and stabbed by a suspect last year while trying to apprehend the individual who barricaded himself inside a home.

Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn is also fighting for the law to change and plans to ask local legislators to consider a bill next legislative session.

A bullet remains in Ernie's paw after undergoing surgery for the multiple gunshot wounds.

There is no word on if or when the K-9 will return to work.

The Covington Police Department announced that if children want to send Ernie 'Get Well' wishes mail to:

  • K9 Ernie

    C/O Officer Mike Lusardi

    Covington Police Department

    1 Police Memorial Drive

    Covington, Kentucky 41011

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