Dog trainer Stephen Kinder dies by self-inflicted gunshot wound

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 2/7/19

The Cleveland Police Department has confirmed a fatal shooting Thursday afternoon in the parking lot at the American Legion Post 81 in Cleveland, on James Asbury Drive N.W.

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Dog trainer Stephen Kinder dies by self-inflicted gunshot wound

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The Cleveland Police Department has confirmed a fatal shooting Thursday afternoon in the parking lot at the American Legion Post 81 in Cleveland, on James Asbury Drive N.W.

The victim, Stephen Kinder, died at Tennova after 2:40 p.m., from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, CPD public information officer Sgt. Evie West confirmed.

West said police were called to the scene around 12:29 p.m., with CPD Officer Josh Hodge first to arrive and performing CPR and first aid until paramedics arrived. West did not confirm if Kinder was alone in his vehicle when the shot was fired, nor did she confirm if an arrest warrant had been issued for Kinder.

Kinder was arrested Monday on four counts of cruelty to animals stemming from his business, Kinder Dog Training. He was later released after posting a $1,250 bond.

The arrest stemmed from a complaint by an Atlanta woman, who alleges Kinder mistreated her dog when it was in his possession to receive training.

In media reports earlier this week, Kinder said he is innocent of the charges. In addition, he said he was worried about his safety, as well as his wife and employees.

More information will be included in Friday’s edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner.

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