VIDEO: Cop Recorded Shooting Aggressive Groundhog In Front Of Horrified Drivers

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A groundhog was shot after it charged at a deputy trying to clear it from a roadway on Sunday.

Sykesville, MD – A Carroll County deputy was captured on video as he shot a groundhog that charged at him on a busy roadway on Sunday (video below).

Authorities said the deputy from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office was on patrol when he encountered stopped traffic near the intersection of Old Liberty and White Rock roads, CBS News reported.

The sheriff’s office said the groundhog was walking in the road and "causing vehicles to stop and creating a hazard,” so the deputy stopped his patrol car to help.

The deputy got out of his car and attempted to chase the groundhog out of the roadway, but the animal was not behaving normally, police said.

"Believing the groundhog to be either sick or injured," the deputy shot the groundhog, and "put the animal down for the public's safety," the sheriff's office said.

A passenger in one of the vehicles stopped for the groundhog filmed a video of the deputy’s interaction with the groundhog and it rapidly went viral.

The narrative by the woman filming the video was done in a humorous tone, as she repeatedly joked that the groundhog just wanted the deputy to pet him, making viewers think they were watching a video about an officer and a groundhog becoming best friends.

The fact that the groundhog was acting aggressively was lost on the narrator.

In the video, the deputy can be seen trying to get the animal to run away, out of the road, but the groundhog wasn’t budging.

In fact, the groundhog advanced on the deputy and slowly backed him up across both lanes of traffic.

In the video, the animal appeared suddenly charge at the deputy, and the deputy dropped to one knee and shot the animal.

In the graphic footage, the animal flopped on its back and continued kicking, so the deputy shot it again as horrified citizens watched.

The woman who shared the video on social media said she was shocked and "did not think that it would take this turn." She also said she was "sure the officer did the best thing in this situation."

The video went viral on the back of viewers' horrified comments.

You can see the video of the incident below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

Comments (24)
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ShelbyCole
ShelbyCole

This how police are trained to view citizens.

CJSpencer
CJSpencer

From my experience, groundhogs are not in the least bit aggressive. In fact, they are quite the opposite and will haul butt back to their holes at even the sight of a human. When we would hunt them, we had to lay up and wait for them to pop up out out of their burrows and snipe them. This animal was sick, most likely with rabies, and had to be put down.

Ddurkof
Ddurkof

Graphic???? Lord, the US is becoming such wimps. Would people prefer he run over it?

Ozzy C1
Ozzy C1

It's always more humane to kill with one shot.. Front assaults are the hardest.. Wonder if they could test for rabies.. The officer didn't have a choice.. do you think.? Sad, but better than getting killed on the highway suffering a sickness no one knows about, eh.?

FattJBrown
FattJBrown

@ShelbyCole That's how they are trained to deal with rabid rodents and violent criminals. I'm sure you are one or both. Those of us who don't break laws don't have that problem.

Batt
Batt

Behaving like it had rabies.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The groundhog should have obeyed orders.

TheDude
TheDude

Some citizens act like animals and some don't speak English.

TheDude
TheDude

You should try playing in the street.

TXbird-mom
TXbird-mom

From working at several animal shelters in TX and FL, this animal is either injured, sick or, more likely rabid. It would have been a real danger to well meaning civilians and Animal Control Officers if they tried to trap it. The officer did the safest thing possible.

John-Brown
John-Brown

No, ShelbyAhole, we generally use targets that have a human silhouette that is black on a lighter background. I'm sure you can find all sorts of racists reason we do it that way.

John-Brown
John-Brown

@TXbird_mom, agreed. The only issue I have is that the second shot should have occurred immediately after it was obvious the first round was not fatal. I lived in Sykesville and worked in Carroll County on and off for 8 years (but not with this agency). This is how we always dealt with animals that acted in this manner. There really is no story here.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

For a groundhog to be acting in this manner, it most likely was rabid.

Jlars
Jlars

Most Silhouettes are transitioning to a picture of a white guy or blue bowling pin instead of the black. You will get black circles still. For obvious reasons. The reason being people are stupid and triggered by stupid crap.
This video is nuts. I know nothing about ground hogs so with the ladies commentary it was as likely to me that it wanted a hug. So freaking sad. I'm sure he did the right thing.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

Groundhogs, AKA Woodcucks are in fact very aggressive. Just because you see Punxsutawney Phil on TV being friendly doesn't mean anything. They are also tough as nails. It got up and walked off after the first shot.

BruthaV
BruthaV

If Obama had a pet groundhog.

Joba
Joba

Either rabid or protecting its young. Poor lil guy. The officer tried.

Mimi74
Mimi74

There's a difference between a cop and a vet. And no difference between that cop and a chicken.

John-Brown
John-Brown

@Mimi74, you are absolutely right. There is a big difference between a cop and a vet. Very few vets have actually seen any combat or even involved in a violent encounter. Cops on the other hand constantly have to deal with the most violent, worthless creatures that humanity has to offer. Regardless, how would YOU have dealt with that groundhog?

Mimi74
Mimi74

I just mean a cop lacks the knowledge and experience to tell a sick animal from a healthy one. You can't just go around shooting animals because you're scared and presume they are rabid. From what I see in the video, the cop is equally rabid, if not more.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Do you even know how to tell a normal groundhog from a sick one? Have you ever seen a groundhog in real life? I presume not. You are just talking out of your ass.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

...you forgot you're verb, you're sentence should say "This be how police are trained to view citizens."

Pat1978
Pat1978

I think (as any responsible police officer would do) he should've taken an online veterinarian course while the animal waited patiently, been bitten a few times (groundhogs gotta eat), received numerous rabies shots, identified the animal as rabid, called Mimi74 to put it down humanely, been fired for not doing his job and collected unemployment from Mimi74. This kind of call is fairly common for cops outside of cities, especially when animal control is not available (which is often the case).


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