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  • Officer fires 4 shots in city limits to kill deer

    Wow. Talk about your problems...

    I work as an armed guard at a federal facility. we have been talking and worrying that we might become more of a target as the economy worsens due to the kind of work we do here.

    Anyway, the other day while I was in one of the guard booths relieving a team member for break (I am the rover), we heard 4 shots. Pop, Pop, Pop,....Pop. I reported this to the Control center (which is my main station) and then recieved a call from the other booth. I also called our other station to tell him to keep his eyes open.

    Anyway, I could see a police vehicle about 100 yards down the road with its lights flashing. I thought he might be in a gunfight, or in pursuit. But then we caught sight of him standing by his vehicle. Turns out he apparently came across a buck whitetail that had been hit and injured, and he put it down.

    So I continued on with my duties, and I later was told what agency had been involved. A sworn police agency, but we have overlapping jurisdiction in that area.

    Anyway, while working another site today I just happened to run into an officer of that agency. I jokingly expressed displeasure with an officer firing of 4 rounds within the confined area and setting us all on edge for a short time.

    Well, it turned out to be the chief of that department. He replied that it wasn't his agency as far as he knew, and it would have been only one shot, not 4 if they had been involved. He called his dispatch to make sure no one had discharged a firearm that day. Dispatched said they had not.

    So, if I check the video, and it is indeed the agency we thought it was, what should I do about it?

    Should I call the chief and tell him I confirmed it was his agency?
    Should I stay uninvolved and keep my mouth shut?

    There is a chance my employer will not want us to get involved as well, but thats a whole nother story.
    Last edited by kingsman; 09-20-2009, 12:53 AM.
    Though their numbers are many, as the grass upon the field, we will count them at the end of the day.

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    Seriously? You're "displeased" that a licensed police officer dispatched a wounded animal?

    What do you think he should have done? Attached a tow strap to the antlers and dragged it out past the city limit sign?

    Unbelieveable.

    I was on a call a few years back where an officer dispatched an agressive dog just FEET from its owner, adjacent to a dog park, and just a block from a major runway at MSP airport. Oh, the humanity!!!!!!!!!
    Last edited by gopherpuckfan; 09-16-2009, 07:43 PM.
    The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.

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    • #3
      ...disregard this post.
      Last edited by Futurelaw89; 09-16-2009, 07:49 PM.

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      • #4
        I fail to see what the big deal is. What was so dangerous about shooting a wounded animal? Chances are it was lying on the ground and not going anywhere.
        Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
        Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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        • #5
          Originally posted by kingsman View Post
          I just happened to run into the Chief of that agency.
          convenient




          ...i say don't pursue anything.






          Futurelaw89

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          • #6
            He was doing his job. Mind your own business. We dispatch animals frequently...in the city limits.
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            I don't agree with your opinion, but I respect its straightforwardness in terms of wrongness.

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            • #7
              I am sorry, but I DID just happen to run into him. I didn't even know him. but since he was carrying and coming onto federal property, he identified himself.

              Your missing the point.

              The Officer is required report his discharge of his weapon, and he has not.

              Also, It should not take more than one round to put the animal down according to the chief.

              I am not a wanna be. I have been an LEO. I am not there anymore. Besides, I make more than many LEO's
              Last edited by kingsman; 09-16-2009, 07:58 PM. Reason: mistake
              Though their numbers are many, as the grass upon the field, we will count them at the end of the day.

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              • #8
                Are citizen allowed to do the same... put down a wounded animal?

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                • #9
                  What did you want him to do, let the deer slowly die on its own? Jeez. I've put down (shot) deer within the city limits before. Whats the big deal?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by kingsman View Post

                    Also, It should not take more than one round to put the animal down according to the chief.
                    You obviously have not shot a deer... ever. Especially with a pistol caliber.

                    I know of a deer that was dispatched with a round of 00 Buck point-blank behind the armpit (right into the chest cavity --- lungs and heart) and STILL took a while to die.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Till View Post
                      You obviously have not shot a deer... ever. Especially with a pistol caliber.

                      I know of a deer that was dispatched with a round of 00 Buck point-blank behind the armpit and STILL took a while to die.
                      isn't that what the M4 is for?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kingsman View Post

                        The Officer is required report his discharge of his weapon, and he has not.

                        Hang on scooter.....thats a department SOP, one which his department may or may not require. 2nd, he may have reported it, but he sure as shooting is required to report to you.

                        Originally posted by kingsman View Post
                        Also, It should not take more than one round to put the animal down according to the chief.
                        Well neither your or the chief have ever put an animal down then. And if he used 1 or 4, who cares?

                        Originally posted by kingsman View Post
                        Besides, I make more than many LEO's
                        Umm....wanna cookie? What is your point?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kingsman View Post
                          Besides, I make more than many LEO's
                          LOL.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by itnstalln View Post
                            isn't that what the M4 is for?
                            That was available, I guess the officer just chose the shotgun.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Till View Post
                              That was available, I guess the officer just chose the shotgun.
                              If it was four rounds, and they were all "pops", it almost certainly was a handgun.
                              Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                              Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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