Virginia police officer shot during attempt to catch an escaped cow

Officers were responding to an animal complaint Saturday night after a cow got loose from a stockyard earlier in the day.March 21, 2021, 9:31 AM PDTBy Doha Madani

A police officer in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is in stable condition after accidentally being shot during an attempt to stop a loose cow.

Officers were responding to an animal complaint Saturday night after a cow escaped a stockyard earlier in the day, according to the Harrisonburg Police Department. The cow was located near a 7-Eleven a short time after the call.

After local ranchers were unable to capture and contain the cow, officers intervened to help end the situation. One officer was struck by a bullet in the lower body and transferred to UVA Medical Center for a non-life threatening injury.

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The department is investigating whether the officer was shot by a fellow officer or by someone else attempting to stop the cow.

Due to injuries sustained during the attempt to wrangle the animal, a decision was made to euthanize the cow.[!?!]

2 thoughts on “Virginia police officer shot during attempt to catch an escaped cow

  1. Poor frightened cow but in likelihood met a somewhat more merciful death than forced to walk down the death chute at the slaughterhouse. Today’s ranchers are able to show off roping & wrestling a terrorized calf in a confined rodeo setting, but otherwise probably have no idea how to capture & contain a cow. Or have even ever physically touched a cow. With patience the cow could’ve probably eventually been subdued but patience for the sake of the cow, is not an option. Team up today’s rodeo-ranchers w/ Keystone Cops, who’s only equipment is bullets, somebody’s going to get hurt besides for sure, the cow.

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