Cop Unable to Put Down Injured Deer, Hands His Gun to Complete Stranger in a Crowd to Do It
A resident from Richmond, IN is claiming that a police officer who responded to reports of an accident involving a deer and a car was unable to put down the injured deer.
The resident told the Indy Star that he went into his home to retrieve his own gun to kill the poor, injured animal, but when he returned he found that a police officer had already responded. However, the response wasn’t what the resident expected.
According to the Indy Star,
“I went inside to get my gun, and when I came out, my wife told me that (the officer) said he couldn’t do it,” [Jerry] Anderson said. “She said he had tears in his eyes, and he handed his gun to a stranger — his loaded gun.
“There were 10 to 12 people standing around, and there were two big guys there. One of them said they had a permit in Ohio, but they didn’t have it with them, and (the officer) gave his weapon to (the man) to shoot the deer. You should never hand your weapon to a person in a crowd…”
“…I don’t have a problem with the shooting — the fawn was hurt pretty badly and it needed to be done, that’s why I went inside to get my gun,” Anderson said. “I just couldn’t believe that an officer who is supposed to protect people was crying and couldn’t do it and then he handed his loaded gun to a stranger to shoot the deer in front of a crowd of people. (The officer) didn’t disperse the crowd first or anything.”
The Richmond Police Department did not comment on the officer’s actions except to say that if the allegations are true the officer will be facing disciplinary actions.
It should be noted that many anti gun advocates feel that police officers and the military should be the only ones who have guns. While most law enforcement officers and military personnel are top notch professionals, incidents like this show that they are only human and can make mistakes just as easily as anyone else.