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

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:

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This how police are trained to view citizens.


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.


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.?


@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.