Cop Fired After Shooting, Pepper Spraying Squirrel In Crowded Store

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A Tennessee police officer was fired from the Mountain City Police Department earlier this month, after opening fire on a squirrel inside a crowded dollar store.

After property owner Carl Duffield failed to reach animal control, Officer Jody Putnam responded in an attempt to rid the Dollar General of its rouge rodent.

According to police records, Putnam entered the store and began firing at the squirrel, firing as many as three shots according to witnesses.

“Shooting back there, of course that should not have been, that should not have happened,” property owner Carl Duffield told WJHL TV.

After unsuccessful attempts at shooting the squirrel, Putnam then pulled out a canister of pepper spray and began wildly dousing the store, catching unsuspecting shoppers in the crossfire.

“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, but I’m sure they didn’t feel that way, the customers that came out,” Duffield said.

According to witnesses who reentered the store, Officer Putnam was seen standing on the now dead squirrel.

Despite police policy requiring officers to immediately report all situations involving a discharged firearm, Putnam refused to inform Mountain City Police. A unanimous decision to fire Officer Putnam was made by the City Council.

“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,” Mountain City Mayor Lawrence Keeble said.

Dollar General has refused to release surveillance video of the incident.

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12 thoughts on “Cop Fired After Shooting, Pepper Spraying Squirrel In Crowded Store

  1. “Dollar General has refused to release surveillance video of the incident.”

    Damn shame, too. Bet it’s hilarious.

    What a maroon!

  2. when ever a cop fires his fire arm, tazzer, pepper spray. etc he should be drug tested and given a breathalizer. Did this pig have to pay for damages that those three bullet hole caused. There had to be bullet holes and damage.

    1. Why? So the Internal Affairs azzholes can cover-up the results? The only way one is going to rid society of these filthy inhuman vermin is to put them down hard. Me or you pull this crap, we get a beat-down, financial ruin & a cell. The only thing I see happening to this guy is he’ll get a lawyer, sue for wrongful termination & taxpayers foot the bill, all the while drawing some mental anguish disability pay.

  3. When an animal is rabid there is no cure.And these vile excuses for humans are rabid to the bone.We keep hearing about the good one,and they are not all bad,ETC. We also keep hearing about the ones that beat down kids with Downs Syndrome ,kids with plastic guns being shot,retarded guy with hands in air not moving being shot,so WTF is all the good ones? This crap is out of control and only a blind ,deaf idiot would not be able to see it.When is enough going to be enough.They are a gang of thugs and they prove it more and more every day now!

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