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.

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Paulina-
Paulina-

"I am going to block traffic because I don't want anyone accidentally running over this poor little ground ho...BAM!"

HoraceHogsnort
HoraceHogsnort

Hey, them growndogs ur kinda like them wolverines ain't they?!

sysprog
sysprog

What a pansy. If he was so terrified, couldn't he have just resorted to pepper spray? -- and not on the animal, either -- just spray a line across the path, and the marmot won't cross it. And after his second shot he still still leaves the poor critter writhing, instead of approaching closely and administering a coup de grace. Pitiful.

MASSAROPRODUCTIONS
MASSAROPRODUCTIONS

I AGREE WITH YOU, KUDOS FOR YOU POINTING THAT OUT , SOME PEOPLE MAY KNOW ABOUT ANIMAL BEHAVIOR WHILE MANY DONT, CLEARLY THE ANIMAL WAS SCARED, MABE FELT THREATENED AND OR PROVOKED, WHATEVER THR CASE, I FEEL THE OFFICERS NEED A COURSE IN HANDLING WILDLIFE CALLS AS IT IS BAD ENOUGH WE HAVE HUNTER, TRAPPING, POACHING, BUT WITH NUMEROUS GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ALSO TRAPPING AND KILLING WILDLIFE, ITS AMAZING WE HAVE ANY WILDLIFE AT ALL . THE REAL NUISANCE WASNT THE GROUNDHOG BUT THE OFFICER

Sean Thompson
Sean Thompson

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.