Indictment handed up against man whose dog was shot by Dover police

DOVER —- A man whose dog was shot to death by police during a search warrant execution two months ago has been indicted on firearm and resisting arrest charges related to the incident.

Khalil J. Seward

Khalil J. Seward’s case was sent to Kent County Superior Court by a grand jury on Oct. 2, and he’s charged with possession of firearm by person prohibited, use of animal to avoid capture, possession of semi-automatic firearm by person prohibited, possession of firearm by person prohibited, second-degree, illegal gang participation, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

Police said a Dover officer shot an approximately 160-pound Italian Mastiff named “Brown” during an attempt to take Mr. Seward, then 19 years old, and another suspect into custody at approximately 6:05 a.m. on Aug. 2 in the 100 block of Alonzo Drive.

Authorities defended gunning down the 5-year-old canine which officers deemed ‘extremely” aggressive and dangerous, but made a policy change after the slain dog’s carcass was loaded into the back of a city sanitation truck and hauled away for disposal.

Shortly after the shooting, Dover PD established a memorandum of understanding with the Kent County SPCA to transfer remains properly when applicable.

The incident wasn’t Brown’s first brush with the law. On July 21, officers investigated a bite complaint that sent a 4-year-old family member to the Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital Emergency center for treatment.

Equan Barber

According to a post-bite quarantine order filed by police, Brown’s current rabies vaccination had expired on June 11, 2014.

His owner signed an agreement for the quarantine, according to authorities.

Following Delaware law, Brown was placed in a 10-day quarantine.

Also indicted was Equan Barber, who is facing charges of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony an resisting arrest. He was 22 years old when arrested.

The search warrant conducted by Dover Police, Delaware State Police and Delaware Probation and Parole located three handguns (9mm), various ammunition, and 20.3 grams of marijuana, according to authorities.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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