Cop Fired After Shooting & Pepper Spraying Squirrel (InformationLiberation)
Tuesday October 22nd, 2013
A Mountain City officer has been fired after a run-in with a squirrel.The officer was fired because he failed to file a report indicating he shot his gun, which violated the police department's policy.
Yup, it seems nuts, but it all happened a little over two weeks ago at a Dollar General store in Johnson County.
Mountain City Police Officer Jody Putnam was called out and when he got to the store a squirrel had gotten into the building what Putnam did next seems to have cost him his job.
Jody Putnam, now a former Mountain City Police Officer, was on duty when Dollar General needed help with a squirrel in their building.
According to police department records, Putnam fired his gun inside the store.
"Shooting back there, of course that should not have been, that should not have happened," said property owner Carl Duffield.
But that didn't work, so he tried another weapon.
Duffield said, "then they began to spray it with mace and pepper spray."
And the mace affected more than just the squirrel.
"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," said Duffield, "but I'm sure they didn't feel that way, the customers that came out."