A cop and a squirrel – Not exactly an even match. Add in the elements of mace, a handgun and a dollar store. Now we’ve got the elements for an old fashion shootout at the $1 dollar corral. The resulting standoff between a Tennessee police officer and a determined squirrel ended up with the squirrel making his escape and the cop in the unemployment line.
The Inquisitr brought us the story today of Mountain City (ex) police officer Jody Putnam, who happened to be inside of a local Dollar General store a few weeks ago when in walked the meanest, most feared squirrel ever seen in the southern badlands.
Employees noticed the squirrel, and officer Putnam responded by chasing the squirrel around, firing his weapon at the critter inside the store, and discharging his mace canister in an attempt to get the vermin.
The store’s owner, Carl Duffield, had this to say:
“Shooting back there, of course that should not have been, that should not have happened,” Carl said, adding, “Then he began to spray it with mace and pepper spray.”
Pepper and mace spray, inside of a building, means one thing – choking and tears. More than any customer bargained for when coming in to pick up a few bucks worth of wares.
“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.”
Sounds like Duffield and the cop had a real shootin’ time.
Mountain City’s police department was not impressed. Not only did Putnam exercise the same amount of judgment as a squirrel on an electric fence, he also failed to make any report, as required, that he discharged his weapon. No surprise there. What would he put on the report? “Medium-size rodent attempted to abscond with cashew bag; was subdued after refused to put paws up."
Mountain City Mayor Lawrence Keeble announced Putnam’s termination.
“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,” Keeble said.
What a numb… nut.