VIDEO: Maryland Deputy Shoots and Kills Groundhog Charging Towards him

Carlos Miller

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.

Comments (182)
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Selfdefencematters
Selfdefencematters

The sheer number of brain dead morons commenting on the dispatching of “this poor Defenseless animal” is a sad reminder of how many uneducated crybabies there are in this country! A healthy groundhog would run away! A sick groundhog will act aggressively just like this animal! Groundhogs can carry rabies! Allowing an aggressive wild animal that is attacking people to live would be a huge mistake and leave that department liable for any injuries that animal may inflict on citizens! Grow the fuck up! These thing are not pets!

Freedom II
Freedom II

He almost appeared to be taunting that poor animal.. It was just plain chicken-shit..he must be so proud of himself for that move..just an ASS HAT

Scmite
Scmite

What a dirtbag... the little guy just wanted to cross...

Impressnoo1
Impressnoo1

This was such a COWARDLY thing to do.. what part of that constitutes CHARGING at him? Another hillbilly with a dam gun 🤬🤬
I hope he had nightmares for the rest of his life!! Coward!!!

Exceltoexcel
Exceltoexcel

I distrust most cops, however, the concern here would be that it has rabies. No cop in carrol county md is going to shoot a ground hog, just because. Off duty they will because they can cause lots of problems on farms, otherwise theres no reason to unless they are rabid. Assume thats why he did it.

jeannie448
jeannie448

If this cop takes a little groundhog as a threat just imagine what he would do if a kid charged him its pathetic...walk away hell your 10 x the size of it anyway...dumbass ppl

Memphishogan
Memphishogan

I hope we react the same way when black men and boys are gunned down the same way this animal was.

Blazindeeznuts
Blazindeeznuts

Just another asshole who has no consideration of probably any animal. There was no need to pull out his gun and shoot that poor animal who was probably more scared of his ass than the asshole with the gun.

Mdgs0831
Mdgs0831

Most ground hogs will only attack if you get to close to their hole which has their babys in it. This momma was probably making sure her baby's didn't get hurt. This guy made a huge mistake by throwing his hands up like he did. Making him look like an aggressor. He didnt need to stop to let it cross the road. If it don't know to move then it'll get hit by a car. If you have time with out causing an accident then stop and let the animal cross. But never swerve around an animal or step on the break. If you can't safly stop then keep going.

I hope that meat went to a shelter but Idk him he looks to pansy to gut an animal and he should of shot the animal again. Not let it sit there squirming in agony. That's inhumane

Fuma
Fuma

The question is why he kill the animal for?

Shellyhar
Shellyhar

Officer could of just moved out of the way of the groundhog ,so it could cross the road . Didn't need to shoot it

Peace Warrior
Peace Warrior

This is a terrible tragedy.

Did the cop have probable cause? NO! Did he use excessive force? Yes! Why not simply taze the groundhog? After all, that groundhog was just starting to get his life together. Why did the cops start hassling him just for wanting to get across the road?

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ValenWolf
ValenWolf

Ikr!? 🤣

krazykris
krazykris

I dont think any of ya would do any different if you was in that situation

Magnetr
Magnetr

But a car running over the animal would have been just fine to you people. Phht.

CockMeatLicker
CockMeatLicker

What a nerdy fuck. Looks like Maryland is just giving badges and guns away to any psycho with a power complex

kaylavarnell4736
kaylavarnell4736

It wasn't even showing signs of rabies this was just a cruel act against an animal he could've fought off easily if it ever did try to do anything.

Otto Bye Ograffey
Otto Bye Ograffey

That pig wanted to shoot his gun. That's all that was. The groundhog is okay, though. His tail was wagging and he's just fine.

Bennyseagull
Bennyseagull

He shouldnt mess with a animal they get scared and go in self defense mode that cop should have the same thing done to him and it's against the law to kill animal he should be locked up

dglidden202
dglidden202

That cop should be fired. Looked more like he was agitating the animal. He should have just left it alone. Not to mention he didn't even kill it with first shot so the animal suffered.

Bethanne558-
Bethanne558-

Seriously?! Any one of you would’ve done the same thing with an animal came charging at you.

KD1986
KD1986

Honestly tired of these tyrant scumbag cops. Really? A fucking groundhog? I guess he was bored in between arresting ppl, who violate the unconstitutional pandemic laws and decided to kill a harmless living creature. This cop deserves his kneecaps busted.

Wdcook3597
Wdcook3597

FFS people, Its a groundhog. Get outta here with this demonizing, anti-cop bs. To fabricate a terrorizing narrative from a cop dispatching a destructive common pest is laughable at best.

Spomike
Spomike

What a dick...
Couldnt just keep driving...
Live and let live ...
Compleatly unnecessary..
What do the children in the cars think of a cop shooting Punxsutawney Phil in cold blood ? Great for public relations...
Nice job asshole.

AB5SY
AB5SY

Cop could have got out of the way, oh I forgot he has a badge and a big iron on his hip, and has not killed any thing all week. His partner is beginning to think he is a pussy.

Mommy3
Mommy3

Mother fucker night right he wasn't going to hurt him cops r evil

criss1965
criss1965

That Idiot should gone back to his car and leave the Animal alone.. Murder!!!!!

Chefdee
Chefdee

darkthorn
darkthorn

That's what happens when psicopaths are allowed to carry guns...today an animal, tomorrow a person...

Tieram
Tieram

I have a family of these under my back porch so my children are not allowed in our back yard it's been 3 yrs now they dig big ass wholes under things at this point I wish he would come shoot them so I can put a trampoline or pool in the back yard it started off cute until I seen the damage.

DeezNutzGotEem
DeezNutzGotEem

How can you all tell that it's a female groundhog?

laurellynn
laurellynn

Had I been there, the deputy would have faced the very same fate.

ntmp123_gmail.com
ntmp123_gmail.com

He wasn't charging the cop. He was taking tentative little runs. NOT ATTACKING..
What scared the cop for his life ? Was the groundhog going to pull an OJ ?

Impiedra
Impiedra

He truly looks like a damn fool but, then again he proved he is...

Scooby 420
Scooby 420

He "Feared for his Life"
I have never read a news report of a groundhog Killing a human. Ridiculous.
Maybe he Feared to get a scratch...
Guy is in the wrong profession.
We DON'T need Scared cops with guns. That's stupid 🤦‍♂️

TLT1955
TLT1955

Groundhogs come out during the day, dawn to dusk. This was probably a mother trying to get back to it’s nest. Thought killing it was unnecessary. Very rare for groundhogs to be rabid, as they are vegetarians.

ChristinaMac
ChristinaMac

Okay seriously..he could have just stepped out of the way..the thing was scared..even shooting it he put it in suffering..this was cruel and unnecessary..

Shakey214
Shakey214

I Love some of these comments

  1. It’s a rodent not someone’s pet or child
  2. Groundhogs are very skiddish animals and if it’s coming towards you it most likely is rabid.
  3. If the cop had not shot the groundhog the same people complaining that he did would be complaining he didn’t after someone’s pet or child had been attacked by the groundhog.
  4. Groundhogs are destructive rodents and can cause a lot of damage so he did the community a favor.
  5. Stop complaining about everything and move on with your pathetic boring lives.
  6. Good Job Officer!!!
Blitzkin
Blitzkin

Are you fucking kidding me for a groundhog and all it wanted was to go across the stupid ass cop kills it!! They wonder why we don’t trust them or want them involved in anything losers ass coo

LydiaLibrarian
LydiaLibrarian

Y’all, seriously. The officer observed a wild animal acting very out of normal character, but very in character for rabies. Then he made a judgment call and dispatched the animal. I’m as liberal as they come and oppose police violence with every fiber of my being, but I was also raised in the mountains of Virginia. Rabies is no joke, and you don’t wait to confirm it until it’s running rampant through the countryside. He made the right decision, given the circumstances.

Babyglock9mm
Babyglock9mm

This is the type of cop who goes into a fenced yard looking for a suspect and a dog suddenly rushes toward him so the cop kills it.

Maxismom1962
Maxismom1962

Never Interfere with Wild Life! Never Confront and Block or Back Them into a corner!! What do you think it's gonna do? Especially Spring Time! Mating Season and Birthing makes Docile Creatures act up! He would have been fine waiting for a Safe Moment to cross himself, and it's up to GOD NOT MAN Whether he makes it or not!!

Anettemn
Anettemn

Thank God this was not a child in the middle of the road. Dumb ass cop should stick to donut shops .

Christopher 01
Christopher 01

Obviously none of the responses are from LEO’s or Animal control. They don’t come out in the day, they are not aggressive, hence the thought is rabid. Give us a break. Cops don’t like to kill shit anymore than you

Trashan74
Trashan74

Uncalled for and frigging stupid. Way to go officer, you killed a harmless animal that has NEVER attacked a human to my knowledge for running towards you. You spineless prick. I hope to God you're never called to answer when I need help. You're too TRIGGER HAPPY.

kcir321
kcir321

Can you imagine what it would be like if the government takes our guns they would shoot citizens for the fun of it

Silverpamela
Silverpamela

He feared for his life from a 6 lb. Little scared creature of GOD ? WHAT A PUSSY COWARD ! A COWARD LIKE THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE A GUN !!!!! THIS RUINED MY DAY & REALLY MAKES ME ANGRY ! THAT ANIMAL WAS CONFUSED !!!!!!! SOB PATHETIC EXCUSE FOR A MAN !!!!!!!!!!

Battymaria
Battymaria

This is infuriating!!!!!!! That poor groundhog just wanted to go to the other side! What if it had babies in a den on the other side!!!! That moron should have gone around the groundhog and let it go through instead of blocking it. POS!!!! This is so cruel and unwarranted! This ‘officer’ should lose his job!!

Geoman2020
Geoman2020

Typical cowardly cop. We need to bioengineer animals so they can shoot back.

Michaelc1
Michaelc1

I not even sure what to say?
Cop feared for his life because of a groundhog???
There really something wrong with that statement.
I don’t think I would want that guy backing me up?
Might end up shooting at his own shadow.

Adp19701
Adp19701

That’s sad! That groundhog was not charging the deputy! He was trying to get around him to the other side! I could see if he was foaming at the mouth but please there was no call for this! That’s animal cruelty & I think he just wanted to shoot something cause cops are way too trigger happy anymore!