Friday, 19 July, 2019

Maryland Deputy Fatally Shoots Groundhog As It Crosses Road

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Steven Clarke | 09 May, 2018, 10:54

Sheriff's Deputy confronts a groundhog in the road.

"He got out of his vehicle to assess, and as he tried to direct the groundhog off of the roadway, he realized that it was not responding as expected for an animal that was not being cornered or trapped", a statement said.

Despite being shot, the groundhog continued to roll around, and the deputy again dropped to a knee and shot it a second time before walking back toward his patrol auto, the Baltimore Sun reported. The officer shoots animal once and then a second time when the animal gets up again and turns toward him. The deputy then slowly backs into the next lane of traffic and the groundhog runs toward the deputy.

During this process, the groundhog moved aggressively toward the deputy multiple times, ultimately prompting the deputy to draw his gun and drop to his knee before shooting the charging animal, according to wbaltv.com.

The video was posted onto Facebook and quickly went viral.

In the video, the deputy appears to back away at times from the groundhog and then approach it. He said it was not known whether the groundhog was rabid.

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Tuesday's incident, while also in Eldersburg, was not close in proximity to another groundhog-related incident on Sunday, when a groundhog was shot by a Carroll County sheriff's deputy. Several residents emailed Baltimore station WBAL about the incident.

Justyna Olkowska, who noticed the commotion when she was driving home from work, posted the video to Facebook. She said she believed the deputy did "the best thing in this situation".

A sheriff's office statement says the deputy put the animal down for the public's safety.

"Under normal circumstances, an animal will take its easiest route of escape when it's threatened or frightened", she said.

Light did not provide information about the deputy.

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