Portland farmer upset after Washington Co. deputy shot and killed his goat

Fox 12 Oregon – by Brenna Kelly

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A farmer in northwest Portland is upset after a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed his goat when it escaped Sunday morning.

It’s a short walk from Matt Minnick’s farm to the stretch of fencing at the end of his property.

“This is the fence that the developers put in and that was one of the holes,” Minnick told FOX 12.  

He says the problem may have started at the fence when it was ripped out by new home developers about two and half years ago. Since then, new fence has took its place.


“Goats are escape artists, and I’m the farmer. I see this as partly my fault because I didn’t keep a closer eye on my perimeter,” said Minnick.

Deputies called Minnick out to a new area of housing Sunday morning.

“When I walked up, he was right here, there was one officer right here. The goat was there huffin’ and puffin’,” Minnick explained.

Minnick says he told deputies he was on his way but he never expected to see his goat, Volt, bleeding.

“And they say, ‘yeah, it was either me or the goat’ and I said, ‘man, there are 7-year-old kids that deal with these goats. Infants that deal with these,'” said Minnick.

Minnick says Volt was his breeding male on the farm. A $1,200 rare breed from New Zealand that Minnick says is known for its calm temperament.

“I think if it’d been an issue where they could’ve just left him alone and waited for the farmer, they would’ve done that but they felt like they couldn’t let the animals get any farther into the neighborhood,” said Sgt. Dave Thompson with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say they corralled the goat in the field, but the deputy felt threatened by the goat’s size and horns. The deputy also feared for the safety of the neighbors around him.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman says the deputy who shot the goat had no other choice after making several attempts to stop it.

Now, Minnick says he has to find a new breeding male for his farm.

“It’s tough, it’s tough,” Minnick told FOX 12.

Minnick says he’ll be making a claim with the county for damages.

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5 thoughts on “Portland farmer upset after Washington Co. deputy shot and killed his goat

  1. “And they say, ‘yeah, it was either me or the goat’ …….my vote would be for the goat……….. baaaaaaaad deputy

  2. Either the pig shot the goat out of sheer, pathetic cowardice, or he killed the goat in order to derive sick, sadistic pleasure from the act. Take your pick.

  3. What a pu$$y, I have been in a pen with a wild mustang. I think the realty is this sick prick cop wanted to kill something, simple as that.

  4. What everyone needs to realize, is that most of the people in law enforcement have mental issues. Ninty percent of cops couldn’t pass a phycological exam. They have illusions of grandeur about what they represent. They think of themselves as the heroes of society. When most are nothing more than bullies looking to whip out their pistols and shoot something like the family dog, or in this case a harmless goat. Then what is really an insult to one’s intelligence, is some spokesman making excuses for the ass. In one such idiotic case in Idaho, deputies shot a rancher’s bull then shoot the rancher. Many of these idiots should be in a mental facility, rather than wearing a badge and gun

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