April 11, 2006
The trial is underway for the man who shot Albemarle County police dog Ingo while the dog was in the line of duty.
In opening statements the Commonwealth emotionally described how Robert Lee Cooke shot K-9 Officer Ingo twice during a shoot-out with police. The defense argues Cooke was acting in self-defense.
With a police dog dead and his accused killer in a wheelchair, it took attorneys most of the day to find a jury who said they'll base their decision solely on the evidence.
The facts, prosecutors said, are that Albemarle County Police Officer Andy Gluba was investigating a home invasion on Reservoir Road in October 2004 when the suspect Robert Cooke took off on foot.
During the pursuit, Gluba's K-9 partner Ingo was shot twice. Gluba returned fire and hit Cooke twice in the back. Both Cooke and Ingo were paralyzed from their injuries. The dog was then put to sleep.
The prosecution will continue calling witnesses Wednesday.
If convicted, Cooke faces up to 10 years in prison. The trial isn't expected to wrap up until the end of this week.