“Run, Bambi! Run into the thicket!”
Michigan State Police are speaking out about an incident where a police officer shot a deer at point-blank range. Video of the event has been circulating online and prompted debate about whether the shooting was necessary.
Officers attempted to move the deer towards a safer area, flashing their lights and driving their cruisers toward the animal for several minutes. When that was unsuccessful, one police officer approached the deer and shot it at point-blank range.
MSP spokesperson Lt. Mike Shaw told Fox 2 that the deer was injured and that it could have darted out into the roadway and possibly caused a traffic accident. The officer is not under investigation because it is believed the animal was wounded and may have been a danger to motorists in the area.