Deputy shooting groundhog crossing roadway video goes viral

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A deputy from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office shot a groundhog on Sunday afternoon in Eldersburg, Maryland, but not before a woman driving home from work captured the disturbing incident on video and shared it on social media.

“This just happened. And I’m soooo distraught!!!! Like I cannot believe I just witnessed this. If you’re not an animal lover, you won’t understand my pain… Liberty rd. Sykesville Police shooting Grundhogs in a head in broad daylight. Please share. I may be wrong and he might have been doing his job but all I kept thinking was what if my little niece and nephew were in the car with me seeing this..,” wrote Justyna Olkowska who then posted the video on her Facebook page which has been viewed 55,000 times.

According to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office department spokesperson, Cpl. Jon Light, stated the deputy stopped when he observed a groundhog acting strangely in the roadway. The animal had not bitten or attacked anyone, and there was no way to tell if the animal had rabies.

“You see the groundhog coming after the officer. At this point in time, the animal was not acting as a normal animal would. It is within our policy to dispose of any animal that could pose a health threat,”Light stated.

When watching the video, the deputy can be seen walking towards the groundhog which just stays there. The deputy backs away into the next lane and the groundhog runs towards him. At that moment, the deputy points his gun, kneels down on one knee, takes aim and shoots the groundhog once. The groundhog rolls around in pain, and the deputy shoots the animal a second time killing it. The incident is under review..

Justyna originally thought the entire incident was going to have a happy resolution, and it had been the deputy who would have helped the little guy cross the road.

“I obviously did not think that would take this turn and was kind of shocked,” Justyna told the New York Daily News. “I am sure the officer did the best thing in this situation. It is not for me to judge.”

(Video and freezeshots via Facebook page of Justyna Olkowska)

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17 replies
    • Nancy Raymond says:

      Yep – just another excuse – he just decided to kill it for no reason whatsoever. He had no way of knowing if it was rabies infected at all – and obviously didn’t care. And is making up excuses because he was caught by an animal lover.

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  1. susispot says:

    This one is a tough call. It does seem odd to see a groundhog in the open in full sunlight. I honestly don’t know their habits, but he could very well have been sick. RIP little critter. It is too sad so many had to be witness to your demise.

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    • Shelly Berchem says:

      It is well known that they do come out in daylight and they are not nocturnal animals. Their are articles written about them as well as other animals that are “claimed” to be nocturnal animals. I think the groundhog was exiting the road, running to safety. Only to have a trigger happy show off “officer” shoot him!

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  2. A.Dolak says:

    HE DID NOT KILL IT WTH 2ND SHOT AS STATED!Its still writhing in pain as he walks away!Heartless bastard!!!You test for rabies by sending head of animal bites to lab where brain matter is tested for rabies.I wonder ifhe caloed animal control to pick it up & do that!!!Hes just a trigger happy POS!!!

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  3. A.Dolak says:

    HE DID NOT KILL IT WTH 2ND SHOT AS STATED!Its still writhing in pain as he walks away!Heartless bastard!!!You test for rabies by sending head of animal to lab where brain matter is tested for rabies.I wonder if he called animal control to pick it up & do that!!!Hes just a trigger happy POS!!!

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  4. ba says:

    REALLY!!!???? lets see leave the ground hog alone, call wildlife rescue, animals control gee theres a few HUMANE IDEAS!!!!! but no as usual a gun happy animal hater who will use BS to get away with this slaughter!!!! he whips out his gun and shoots this scared animal in the broad daylight around people and maybe children! nice nightmares they will have and how cops aren’t “friends” THIS IS A DISGRACE!!! had humane ways to handle it but as usual a animal hating freak who tortures and kills an animals so the lies will begin!!!!!!

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  5. Shelly Berchem says:

    It appears to me that the groundhog was exiting the roadway getting out of the way of cars and heading to SAFETY for himself… Instead the asshole officer KILLED the innocent animal that GOD CREATED!!! SHAME ON HIM, I hope he is proud of himself BIG manless man with a gun…

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  6. ba says:

    CLINTON..REALLY???? Wow another ignorant animal hater! guess you’d do the happy dance if it happened in front of your kids!!!! another ignorant animal hater!!! your inhumane…shame on you!

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  7. Phil Smith says:

    None of the naysayers here ever lived on a farm, I can safely bet that. Groundhogs are a natural enemy of the farmer, digging holes that injure livestock and damage farm equipment. If a ground hog runs toward you, something is wrong. This police officer did the right thing.

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  8. pamela bolton says:

    “I am sure the officer did the best thing in this situation.” Sorry but this is just an excuse to kill that animal. I am getting so I hate cops and their gun-happy ways. Did you ever consider that the groundhog was trying to defend himself after being cornered by COPS and CARS??? This was inexcusable. Like to hear his explanation to God when he is called on killing ANOTHER of his creations.

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  9. ba says:

    a farm REALLY????? there were many different ways to handle the situation that are HUMANE! sadly the human is the worst animal – he didn’t have to get out of his car, call animal control, call wildlife rescues NOT getting out of your car and shooting this baby In broad daylight!!! and to boot torture him to! the creeps that think this ok and applaud him are sickening..hope they don’t have kids!!!!.guess it would be ok if it was a Goose and she was protecting her babys, would he go back and get a rifle and blow away the whole family! it is disgusting and cruel and anyone who applauds him think animal cruelty is ok!!! POS

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