Man charged with shooting Fishers K-9 made shotgun racking sounds to officers

Richard Garrett Jr. and Rashaana Farrow (Fishers Police Department)

FISHERS, Ind. (WTHR) — The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office filed charges Thursday against two people following a pursuit that ended in the shooting death of a Fishers Police K-9 early Wednesday.

Just after midnight Wednesday, police pursued a suspected impaired driver not far from Hamilton Town Center near I-69 at Campus Parkway. The vehicle pursuit ended around Olio Road and 136th Street when the occupant of the vehicle stopped the car and fled on foot.

After a few minutes of the chase on foot, officers reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot. Fishers police confirmed K-9 Harlej, who had been with the force since 2015, was shot and killed.

Court documents filed Thursday show 19-year-old Richard D. Garrett Jr., the man who police say shot and killed Harlej, told officers " f*** that dog" multiple times. The documents allege Garrett constantly said "click, click, bang" while looking at officers and medics.

Police says while Garrett was being transported he made the sound of a "shotgun being racked followed by boom several times."

A veterinarian determined Harlej died from a gunshot wound to the head. Police went house-to-house through the neighborhood searching for the suspects and the gun used in the shooting Wednesday morning.

One of the suspects was quickly captured, according to police. The second subject was found about two hours later.

Garrett faces several charges, including striking a law enforcement animal, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and residential entry. He remains held at the Hamilton County Jail on a $150,000 cash-only bond.

A jury trial has been scheduled for February 20, 2020.

The other person in the vehicle, Rashaana L. Farrow, is charged with assisting a criminal, identity deception and false informing. Farrow is being held on $10,000 cash bond.

Officers from several agencies, including units equipped with tactical gear, assisted in the search of the Saxony area.

The law enforcement and Fishers communities are taking to social media to respond to the sad news of the Harlej's death.

"I am so sorry to hear about the loss of K9 Harlej," Fishers City Councilor Cecilia Coble tweeted. "My thoughts and prayers go out to @Fishers_Police."

Councilman Eric Moeller called it a "sad day for the fishers community and the Fishers PD family."

The Lawrence Police Department extended their hearts and thoughts to their colleagues in Fishers.