Skip to comments.Police officer fired after shooting at squirrel in store
Posted on 10/27/2013 1:55:48 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Officials in a Tennessee city said a police officer was fired for shooting his gun and using pepper spray in an attempt to get a squirrel out of a dollar store. Mountain City Police Officer Jody Putnam went to a Dollar General in Johnson County on a report of a squirrel running loose in the store and police department records state the officer fired off his gun in an apparent attempt to kill or scare the animal, WJHL-TV, Johnson City, Tenn., reported Friday.
"Shooting back there, of course that should not have been, that should not have happened," property owner Carl Duffield said.
Duffield said Putnam's gunfire did not get rid of the squirrel, so the officer then used pepper spray while customers were still inside the store.
"There was a lot of people that come out and just like me they came out and they were coughing and a hacking it was comical," Duffield said, "but I'm sure they didn't feel that way, the customers that came out."
Police records said Putnam refused to fill out a report, which is required when an officer fires a service weapon.
"Through a violation of the police department policy Officer Jody Putnam's employment, as a Mountain City Police Officer, was terminated by the Board of Mayor and Alderman," Mountain City Mayor Lawrence Keeble said.
Putnam had been with the police department for five years and had previously served with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department for 14 years.
The squirrel was later arrested on two counts of being a squirrel and suspicion of being a dog. The store owner was arrested on a count of accessory being a squirrel.
How else do you get rid of them?
“Look a’ the teeth, mon! The teeeeeeeeeth!”
Cops shooting great-grandfathers,
19 years of law enforcement experience and this is what we get. Surprised he didn’t unclip the shotgun or AR-15 patrol rifle from his cruiser and don some tactical gear to go after the poor creature.
Wouldn’t a phone call to animal control have been a more appropriate police response?
It was lucky for the storekeeper and customers this officer responded so quickly and was able to confront the rampaging squirrel. God only knows what havoc this beast may have wrought unopposed.
The important thing is that the officer went home safely at the end of the shift, civilians and the public aren’t as important.
I ask them politely, and they always leave.
Or a .22 with a a scope.
Handgun? Not so much.
When the only tool you have is a pistol...
He’ll have a good career as a supervisor for some rent-a-cop agency
UR BAD to make up those graphics like that....
“Police records said Putnam refused to fill out a report, which is required when an officer fires a service weapon.”
Sounds like he wasn’t fired for shooting, but for not filling out a report.
Shoot up here amongst us, because one of us needs some relief!
He forgot to plant a "drop" gun on the squirrel.
Nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
W#as it a pet store??? How are the dogs???
Wonder if he’ll file for disability...
Since no charges were filed, free to apply at other agencies.
Yes, he was so traumatized by the squirrel that he needs disability for his psychiatric care
But maybe he didn’t fill it out because he knew he’d be fired for that.
Why didn’t he try nuts? Squirrels are nuts for nuts! Crazy I tell you! LOL! Seriously, when I use to live in New York city they would climb up my fire escape and come right into my apartment for peanuts then leave.
Tennessee squirrel season for 2013/2014 is August 24,2013 - February 28, 2014.
LOL! “Whoa whoa! Wait a minute, this is a multi-billion dollar installation, you just can’t nuke it because it has a few bugs!” “Well tell them they can bill me!”
Could be Nick, but shooting at a squirrel seems pretty mild compared to killing unarmed kids.Maybe they fired him for missing the squirrel.
Really?!? Inna store? .22's are tough on metal roofs and readily bounce off steel structure.
How about a nice .22 or .177 pellet rifle? Scope optional. Sheesh.. d;^)
Not a giant squirrel. That’s Tiny Elvis!
I'd never use a 22 indoors. Perhaps my 50 yr old Daisy BB pump-action.
the suggestion of a dog or two is good too.
Was this the same squirrel that was loosed in church one Sunday and went up a lady’s dress?
wasn’t that the “1st self-righteous church” of pascagoula ms?
mississippi squirrel revival
“19 years of law enforcement experience and this is what we get.”
Your post is spot on. For the last ten, or more, years, American cops have been morphing into jackbooted thugs, armed and outfitted as if they were on the front lines in war.
I do not know what started it, other then the present movies
that I see on TV. They are no longer the good old boys on the beat.
Yea, dogs don't tear stuff up.
My 80lb Boxer knocks stuff over when he just walks around.
Maybe the squirrel was just in there because he clipped a bunch of coupons.
Most police departments have animal control.
Was the squirrel male or female?
This cop has to be a complete nitwit.
They should have called the “Turtle Man”.
think you are misreading it. He didn’t, “shoot a squirrel,” he discharged a firearm in a crowded store, then gassed it. He has poor judgement and risked a huge incident and many injuries, for what, a small animal?
LOL is that real?
At least he went home safe.
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