Cop vs. squirrel, this is a story making headline news today after a cop gets fired after firing his gun at a squirrel that was running around inside a retail store. The cop couldn’t hit the squirrel with a bullet, so he took out his handy-dandy mace to spray the squirrel in the eyes, according to ABC Local News Nashville on Oct 22.
Jody Putnam, a Mountain City Police officer, took a call for a squirrel running around the inside of the Johnson County Dollar Store. They retail company asked for the officer’s assistance in getting the squirrel out of the store.
Instead of using a net, or opening the door and making an attempt to chase the squirrel outside, it appears he thought deadly force would be the way to go. After shooting at the squirrel and missing, he took out his mace and gave a good squirt in the squirrel’s direction.
Thankfully he didn’t make contact with the mace because the fast darting and anxious looking squirrel in the store would have turned crazy from fear. You’d be surprised how much damage just one freaked out squirrel can do to the inside of a structure.
While there is no word how the squirrel was eventually made to vacate the store, the officer wasn’t fired for firing his gun at the squirrel and he hasn’t been dismissed for macing the squirrel. Officer Jody Putnam did not file the proper paperwork that is mandatory every time an officer discharges his fire arm, so he was fired.
He violated the police department policy of neglecting that paperwork. The board of aldermen and the mayor were the officials who fired him. Putnam had been on the force for five years.