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