Teen carjacker who killed K-9 Fang appears in court

JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The teenager who admitted to shooting and killing Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office K-9 Fang in 2018 appeared in court Thursday for a status hearing.

Jhamel Paskel, who is now 18, was charged with killing a police dog, armed carjacking and two counts of kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to the charges at a previous court appearance.

He will be back in court Feb. 27 when its possible his sentencing date will be set.

Police said Paskel carjacked two women in the middle of the night at a gas station on Lem Turner Road. He made one drive as he held her at gunpoint. Since the car had an OnStar system, police were able to track the vehicle to Interstate 10 near Cecil Commerce Parkway, when they had OnStar shut off the engine.

Paskel got out and ran from officers and K-9 Fang was released to chase him. Evidence showed Paskel shot and killed Fang and kept running into the woods, but he was tracked down by another officer with his K-9.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office posted that Fang played a vital role in keeping everyone safe at special events and football games and had captured some of the most dangerous criminals in Jacksonville.

Last spring, after an I-TEAM investigation into the sentencing guidelines for killing a K-9, the Florida Legislature passed a law to increase killing a dog or horse working with police or other first responders to a second-degree felony and raised the maximum sentence from five years to 15 years.

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