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Man Sentenced for Killing Police Dog, Shooting at Officers

1:12 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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Maurice Anton McCreary

Richland County, SC (WLTX) - A man will spend over 30 years in prison for killing a Richland County police dog and shooting at deputies two years ago.

Maurice Anton McCreary appeared in court Monday, where he plead guilty to five counts of attempted murder and one count of unlawful killing of a police dog.

A judge then sentenced him to five years for the dog's death and 30 years total for firing at the deputies. The five years will be served consecutively. He'll also get credit for time served.

Back in December of 2011, deputies say McCreary robbed a man on Monticello Road in Richland County. Deputies tracked him to a nearby area; however, McCreary fired on them multiple times, including the bullets that killed Fargo, a Belgian Malinois who was part of the agency's K-9 unit.

McCreary ran from the scene, but was eventually taken into custody when officers found him hiding on a nearby property.

Fargo had been with the department since 2006.

A memorial honoring Fargo now sits by the first responders memorial near Columbia's convention center.

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