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Police officer fired after shooting at squirrel in store
UPI ^ | Oct. 25, 2013

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.


TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: banglist; dog; donutwatch; easttennessee; moronwithbadge; napl; police; squirrel; stupidcoptricks
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1 posted on 10/27/2013 1:55:48 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


2 posted on 10/27/2013 1:58:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

How else do you get rid of them?


3 posted on 10/27/2013 2:00:41 PM PDT by occamrzr06 (What the....., Son of a.......)
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To: nickcarraway

“Look a’ the teeth, mon! The teeeeeeeeeth!”


4 posted on 10/27/2013 2:00:48 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: nickcarraway

Cops shooting great-grandfathers,
paintball teenagers,
pet dogs,
nutless squirrels,
what`s next?


5 posted on 10/27/2013 2:01:18 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ((("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.)))
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To: nickcarraway

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?


6 posted on 10/27/2013 2:02:33 PM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: nickcarraway
Wonder if this is the same store...


7 posted on 10/27/2013 2:04:28 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


8 posted on 10/27/2013 2:04:48 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The important thing is that the officer went home safely at the end of the shift, civilians and the public aren’t as important.


9 posted on 10/27/2013 2:06:42 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: occamrzr06

I ask them politely, and they always leave.


10 posted on 10/27/2013 2:09:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: occamrzr06
Peanut butter/Live Trap.

Or a .22 with a a scope.

Handgun? Not so much.

11 posted on 10/27/2013 2:10:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

When the only tool you have is a pistol...


12 posted on 10/27/2013 2:10:49 PM PDT by Spirochete (Does the FedGov have the attributes of a legitimate government?)
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To: nickcarraway

He’ll have a good career as a supervisor for some rent-a-cop agency


13 posted on 10/27/2013 2:12:00 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Joe 6-pack

UR BAD to make up those graphics like that....


14 posted on 10/27/2013 2:12:08 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

“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.


15 posted on 10/27/2013 2:14:49 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: nickcarraway

“Shoot up here amongst us, because one of us needs some relief!”


16 posted on 10/27/2013 2:16:26 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: nickcarraway; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Police officer fired after shooting at squirrel in store

He forgot to plant a "drop" gun on the squirrel.


17 posted on 10/27/2013 2:21:02 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
"BANG! BANG! I'll get you Squirrel!!!"


18 posted on 10/27/2013 2:22:42 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Antihero101607

Nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.


19 posted on 10/27/2013 2:22:43 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: nickcarraway

W#as it a pet store??? How are the dogs???


20 posted on 10/27/2013 2:23:17 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: nickcarraway
Maybe he mistook the squirrel for somebody’s pet dog.
21 posted on 10/27/2013 2:23:29 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: GeronL

Wonder if he’ll file for disability...


22 posted on 10/27/2013 2:23:37 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nickcarraway

Since no charges were filed, free to apply at other agencies.


23 posted on 10/27/2013 2:24:44 PM PDT by redreno (Americans don't go Gault. Americans go Postal.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Yes, he was so traumatized by the squirrel that he needs disability for his psychiatric care


24 posted on 10/27/2013 2:29:01 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: philetus

But maybe he didn’t fill it out because he knew he’d be fired for that.


25 posted on 10/27/2013 2:29:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

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.


26 posted on 10/27/2013 2:30:16 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: nickcarraway

giant squirrel

27 posted on 10/27/2013 2:30:54 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: nickcarraway

Tennessee squirrel season for 2013/2014 is August 24,2013 - February 28, 2014.


28 posted on 10/27/2013 2:31:12 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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!”


29 posted on 10/27/2013 2:32:18 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: nickcarraway

Could be Nick, but shooting at a squirrel seems pretty mild compared to killing unarmed kids.Maybe they fired him for missing the squirrel.


30 posted on 10/27/2013 2:36:49 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: Paladin2
"..Or a .22 with a a scope.."

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;^)

31 posted on 10/27/2013 2:39:11 PM PDT by CopperTop
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To: Doogle

Not a giant squirrel. That’s Tiny Elvis!


32 posted on 10/27/2013 2:41:21 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (On the evening of 10/16/13, the ailing republican party breathed its last breath.)
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To: CopperTop
And oh yeah, fire the idiot cop. Who does that kindof crap? d:^)
33 posted on 10/27/2013 2:41:30 PM PDT by CopperTop
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To: CopperTop
22LR only meant to point out that a cop handgun is way too large and inaccurate.

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.

34 posted on 10/27/2013 2:43:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

Was this the same squirrel that was loosed in church one Sunday and went up a lady’s dress?


35 posted on 10/27/2013 2:44:30 PM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: Battle Axe

wasn’t that the “1st self-righteous church” of pascagoula ms?


36 posted on 10/27/2013 2:48:54 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Battle Axe

mississippi squirrel revival


37 posted on 10/27/2013 2:49:16 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Antihero101607

“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.


38 posted on 10/27/2013 2:50:34 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Paladin2
the suggestion of a dog or two is good too.

Yea, dogs don't tear stuff up.

My 80lb Boxer knocks stuff over when he just walks around.

39 posted on 10/27/2013 2:53:34 PM PDT by occamrzr06 (Squirel, it's what's for dinner.)
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To: stylecouncilor; windcliff

Rambo alert....


40 posted on 10/27/2013 2:53:57 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe the squirrel was just in there because he clipped a bunch of coupons.


41 posted on 10/27/2013 2:57:49 PM PDT by MomwithHope (Let's make Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments a reality!)
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To: occamrzr06
How else do you get rid of them?

Most police departments have animal control.

42 posted on 10/27/2013 2:58:36 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Battle Axe
Was this the same squirrel that was loosed in church one Sunday and went up a lady’s dress?

Was the squirrel male or female?

43 posted on 10/27/2013 3:01:28 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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44 posted on 10/27/2013 3:01:50 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: nickcarraway

This cop has to be a complete nitwit.


45 posted on 10/27/2013 3:01:51 PM PDT by 4yearlurker
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To: nickcarraway

They should have called the “Turtle Man”.


46 posted on 10/27/2013 3:02:55 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: philetus

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?


47 posted on 10/27/2013 3:04:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL is that real?


48 posted on 10/27/2013 3:09:15 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: nickcarraway

Officer Tackleberry


49 posted on 10/27/2013 3:10:11 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: nickcarraway

At least he went home safe.


50 posted on 10/27/2013 3:10:37 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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