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Oct. 10th, 2007 | 12:20 pm
location: Warner Robins, Georgia
music: Reachin' - Alabama 3

I'm glad we decided to go on Sunday, instead.

Bull gets loose at Georgia National Fair

Excerpted, with liberties:
Perry, Georgia (about 10 miles south of my house)

A 1,300-pound Angus bull got loose at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter Monday night. Twice. Perry police fired at the bull, but it was finally captured near a fried chicken stand, when a bystander grabbed a rope the bull was dragging.

Perry Police Chief George Potter said five to seven shots were fired at the bull and that they "struck every time. We must have hit him, or someone in the crowd behind him would've been killed." When the bull first came through the food vendor area, some people chased it with knives and forks, while others ran in the opposite direction for barbecue sauce, the police report said. The police report said the bull's handler told police the animal had a "history of being crazy" and was nicknamed "Satan," which may have lulled police into a false sense of security, initially.

J.R. Ellison, a herdsman for Hudgins Cattle Co. in Winder, said Perry police twisted his words and that police made the whole situation worse by firing at the bull.

"We were trying to load him back on the trailer, he went out on the midway, then the cops started shooting at him and that's when he got mad," Ellison said Tuesday. "I'd be mad, too, if somebody hit me three times with a .45."

Valued at $400,000, the undefeated show bull took three bullets but is expected to be OK, although he will be retired, Ellison said. He expects the bull will be used for breeding and in a petting zoo.

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willowrrain

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from: willowrrain
date: Oct. 10th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
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SOooooo... let me get this strait, the fair rent a cops fired seven times at a petting zoo bull, and only hit him three times. Hrm, lets frame that again, they fired SEVEN TIMES at a fair full of children and old people, at a bull that could be stopped and led by a rope that he was trailing from his head????!!!!

Sometimes I do have to wonder if living in Georgia is really the best choice.

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Clayfoot

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from: clayfoot
date: Oct. 10th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I believe your count is correct. However, the "fair rent a cops" were on-duty professional Perry police officers.

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Clayfoot

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from: clayfoot
date: Oct. 10th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Also: Why does the number of shots fired sound so much like an estimate?

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monk

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from: jphotog
date: Oct. 10th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
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"We... may have emptied a few clips, actually. It was very dangerous; we can't be sure. Wait, I don't get a prize for hitting all the milk bottles with my bullet spray?"

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horror24fps

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from: horror24fps
date: Oct. 10th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
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"We must have hit him, or someone in the crowd behind him would've been killed."

Well, that sounds like a very responsible time to be discharging a firearm. You know, when you will either hit the bull OR THE CROWD BEHIND IT. Heaven forbid the bullet should continue on its merry way.

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Clayfoot

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from: clayfoot
date: Oct. 10th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Chief Potter saw a problem, and he made a command decision. We can all feel safer on his watch.

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ikkarus01

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from: ikkarus01
date: Oct. 10th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
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I love that their gauge of accuracy is the number of extraneous casualties.

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Tender Shredder Betty

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from: thekerriproject
date: Oct. 10th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
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You forgot the part about him being "Insane to begin with and nicknamed Satan".

And then there is that part about him retiring for breeding AND used in a petting zoo.

But who's counting?

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 10th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Well, his handler did say that his words were taken out of context, perhaps his nickname is Satin, not Satan?

And the whole for breeding and petting zoo combo, well of course. How the heck do ya'll teach your inbred children about nature and reproduction up where you live?

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