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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-06-05 11:57 PM
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Va. Officer Probed In Killing Of Deer


The injured deer was suffering, so the Arlington County police officer shot it in the head. When that didn't kill it, the deer was run over by a cruiser. Finally, a bag was placed over its head and it suffocated.

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The sergeant, whose name was withheld by authorities, faces administrative sanctions for the methods he chose June 18 when trying to destroy the injured deer, said Matt Martin, a police spokesman. The officer is not on administrative leave, nor have his duties been redefined, but the department wants to examine its policy on injured animals.

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Martin said the officer was called to the 6900 block of Williamsburg Boulevard about 6:40 a.m. after the deer jumped over a guardrail on Interstate 66 and plunged 30 feet to the road below. After consulting with his supervisor -- a lieutenant in the patrol division -- the officer fired a single shot at the deer's head, Martin said, in accordance with the department's policy to kill any suffering or dangerous animal.

But the deer didn't die.

Instead of shooting the animal a second time, the sergeant authorized two other responding officers to drive a cruiser over the deer's neck. That, too, did not kill the animal.

Finally, Martin said, the three officers wrapped a plastic bag around the deer's head and suffocated it. A photograph of the dead deer and the sergeant was taken by one of the other officers, but Martin said the sergeant's explanation for the Polaroid was that it was needed for the incident report.

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I heard about this on NPR and could have fallen off my car seat, if I had not been belted in :wtf:
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knowbody0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:02 AM
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1. could it get any DUMBER?
that's so awful.
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:04 AM
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2. No, probably not.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:05 AM
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3. And they trust this man with a gun?
Geesh!!!! Where did they receive thier training?

I happen to be a strong animal advocate, and I sure don't want to see them suffer. If they are injured, and there's no hpope of cure, the humane thing is to kill them. This idiot hit the deer in the hear and it didn't die? What does he consider the head? Why did he think driving over the deer's neck would kill it instantly?

A PLASTIC BAG???? What's wrong with this whole police force?

Oh, I just checked, this was Virgina! Were these fundie officers???

Betcha!!!!!!!!!!!
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enigami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:11 AM
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7. apparently not
they only gave him one round
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enigami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:07 AM
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4. I've killed a lot of deer
and never had to resort to a plastic bag. My god what is wrong with these people?
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:09 AM
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5. Did he only have one bullet?
Why the hell didn't he shoot it in the head again?? There are only so many places the brain can be; he's bound to hit it sooner or later. Sheesh.
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enigami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:11 AM
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6. I thought Barney retired
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:12 AM
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8. There were two other responding officers!
Between the three of them they had to have more than one bullet (I should think).

But perhaps there was only one brain, and obviously not a very intelligent or humane one. I can't imagine the horror that deer went through. :cry:
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:07 AM
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9. no words can do justice to this level of stupidity and cruelty . . .
did this moron ever think to use another bullet? . . . two, if needed? . . .

no wonder Toyota won't open plants in the US . . .
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:01 AM
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10. Should have cut its throat - quiet peaceful death. Plastic bag?? Sheesh!
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