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VIDEO: Maryland Deputy Shoots and Kills Groundhog Charging Towards him

A Maryland deputy was recorded on video shooting and killing a groundhog after it charged towards him

At first, it appeared as if the Maryland sheriff's deputy was trying to do a good deed by stopping traffic to allow a groundhog to cross the road without getting killed.

But that was before the deputy shot and killed the rodent.

A Carroll County sheriff's spokesman said the deputy had to shoot the animal because it was charging towards him, making him fear for his life.

But a witness video shows the deputy could have easily sidestepped the groundhog.

According to the Baltimore Sun:

The deputy stopped when he observed the groundhog acting oddly, department spokesman Cpl. Jon Light said.

“You see the groundhog coming after the officer. At this point in time, the animal was not acting as a normal animal would. It is within our policy to dispose of any animal that could pose a health threat,” Light said.

The video shows the deputy stepping toward the groundhog, which doesn’t back away. The deputy then slowly backs into the next lane of traffic and the groundhog runs toward the deputy. The deputy then pulls his gun, gets down on one knee and shoots the groundhog once. The groundhog continues to roll around and the deputy then gets down on one knee again and shoots the groundhog a second time, and then walks back toward his patrol car.

“It started out as a cute encounter where I thought he was trying to help the little fella,” said Olkowska, who lives in Pikesville. “I obviously did not think that it would take this turn and was kind of shocked. I am sure the officer did the best thing in this situation. It is not for me to judge.”

The incident took place Sunday afternoon in Eldersburg, about 50 miles north of Washington D.C. The deputy confronted the groundhog because it was in the middle of the road, blocking traffic, according to the Washington Post.

The spokesman said the deputy was trying to coax the animal to the side of the road, which is where it was when the video begins.

But the groundhog got back on the road, then appeared to charge at the cop, which was when the cop fired.

Somebody get this effing COWARD off the streets!!!

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He must have "Feared For His Life", fricking pansy. Do these morons ever use tranquilizers instead of deadly force? And people wonder why the public are resentful of most law enforcement. Easy to see why, with idiots like Olkowska walking around with a badge and gun.

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So this animal WAS IN FACT ALREADY ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. If Deputy Incompetent, would have just left him there he'd still be fine. And if he was SO CONCERNED ABOUT THE ANIMAL "CHARGING HIM" he should've just let him be instead of coaxing him across the road. The animal probably became spooked when he saw vehicles on both sides of him and tried to get across as fast as he could. And DEPUTY DUMBASS should in fact be put through training to know that the animal was in no way shape or form out to attack the officer. GREAT JOB MARYLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT for allowing this incompetent to carry a weapon and harm a perfectly harmless animal. Someone needs to do the same with HIS ANIMAL and see how the fuck he would feel. Maryland P.D. you are pathetic.

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Another senseless killing

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To everyone saying he is a terrible person or needs to be fired...allow me to say...WTF?...I love animals too, and its sad to kill anything but you guys need a little perspective...groundhogs are everywhere in Carroll county, they can carry rabies...even if this particular one was not rapid, based on its actions, it would probably have been hit by a car anyway once traffic started up again. Yes its sad, but thats all...it was not cruelty it was not another bad cop abusing his power...it was an officer trying to clear the road for safety reasons, when the critter didn't scurry off like normal groundhogs would do, he did what any farmer or animal control person would have done, and neutralized the possible threat. So please try to find something serious to be upset about like poverty, or actual cases of animal abuse, but I can't take anyone seriously who wants an officer to lose his job over something as trivial as this.

When a comment says putting a bullet in a living being, to kill it, is not an "actual case" of abuse, you know police state propaganda is in effect.

Mentiroso, psicopata , covarde!!!!!

Matou o animal por prazer.Covarde.
Como existe gente demente em acreditar q o cara atirou p se proteger.
Tinha q ter pena de morte p esse policial ordinário.

Let's just call the Sheriff's office to complain. I did. Just talking on line won't get the message across. 410-386-2400

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YOU STUPID GODDAMN IDIOT - scared for his life - he doesn't even know how to fucking shoot a gun - he should be scared - fucking asswipe

This is typical cop behavior. The outrage on this post is funny. Hey the pig thought the Hedgehog was a Black Male. He proceeded to harass and antagonize the hedgehog and then feared for his life and killed it. Hedgehog should have complied instead of charging at the cop? 🙄

THAT is a cop??? He is a COWARD and should be off the police force! Is he going to shoot a toddler next, that tries walking toward him. What an IDIOT!

he was clearly trying to shoo the groundhog away from traffic to keep it from being run over. the girl who is all "oh look, it wants to be petted". no. no it didnt. most wild animals have ZERO desire to have any human contact. groundhogs usually want nothing to do with humans. and sure, even though rabies is rare among groundhogs, it does not mean that this groundhog wasnt rabid. its rare but it DOES happen

Does anybody know the contact of this police delartment or officer? Any info will help

The problem is most police are trained to shoot first, ask questions later. Shooting should be their last resort. There are things called martial arts, and tasers and even tranquilizer darts that can stop a threat without killing. Sure, sometimes shooting is the best thing to do. Most of the time, there were other options.

oh please, you can see by the video, the cop WAS trying to do the good deed of helping the poor thing cross the road, but, he had to have been noting the animal was acting strange, no fear of humans, not backing away, acting aggressive, you can see he made the choice to shoot AFTER the animal started to charge at him. I love animals, and I feel bad for it, but, other than the officer just returning to his car and letting it be run over, he had no other choice other than risk getting bit.

Another innocent shot and killed by police.

WHY ARE HUMANS SO EVIL. HE provokes THE DAM ANIMAL AND SHOT AND KILLED IT FOR NO REASON. NOTHING IS SAFE. GET RID OF PSYCHO COPS WITH GUNS IF A MENTAL CITIZEN CAN'T
OWN A GUN. NEITHER SHOULD A MENTAL COP.

Of course this is a cowardly Act. Goes without saying.

What enrages me the most is that Deputy Defective starts popping off shots with citizens on either side. A bullets striking a paved road can ricochet anywhere. Even the woman recording this video was within range of a fatal ricochet.

So add reckless endangerment of the public to the list of this guys malfunctions. If you really want to get rid of the groundhog, you have a boot that you can kind of brush him away with. Pretty sure you have a Maglite too. I'd be okay with you whacking a groundhog in the butt or head with a flashlight just too scared away. A little tap will do.

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And this is someone who is to serve and PROTECT? He may need a bit more courage to start protecting people. How was the groundhog supposed to get to the grass with him standing directly in the way? I spoke with a licensed trapper from https://nuisancewildlifemarshals.com/ and they said the groundhog was clearly provoked and put into a situation to defend itself. I truly hope this guy never has to shoot horizontally because he will injure someone.

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