A cop, squirrel encounter went wrong when a Tennessee officer tried removing the animal from a Dollar General store in Mountain City. Jody Putnam was fired after he shot the squirrel and used pepper spray to get control of it, UPI reports Oct. 23.
Carl Duffield, who owns the Dollar General store, said the cop shot his weapon several times inside the building.
"Shooting back there, of course that should not have been, that should not have happened," Duffield said.
The cop, squirrel fiasco lead to customers being forced out of the store. The pepper spray made people cough. Duffield said the whole scene was a bit comical, but he's positive his customers weren't amused by the spectacle.
Putnam wasn't necessarily fired for how he handled the squirrel incident, but because he didn't file a report about the event, which violated department policy.
Mountain City Mayor Lawrence Keeble said this in a statement:
"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," said
Unfortunately, the cop, squirrel event didn't turn out well. The squirrel didn't survive.