Four deer were shot and killed yesterday by a Queen Anne's County deputy sheriff after the animals -- apparently reacting to their own reflections -- crashed through two windows of a Centreville nursing home and ran amok in two offices.
"They were running along and looking at the windows," said state police Cpl. Michael L. Ptaszynski. "They thought it was a mirror. They jumped through. Two went into one office, and two went into the other."
One deer jumped back outside but was cut by window glass and had to be destroyed. The other three were shot in the offices when tranquilizers failed to calm them.
"It is a very unusual situation," said Bruce Levin, administrator of the Meridian Nursing Home just outside Centreville.
Corporal Ptaszynski said the deer crashed into the nursing home shortly before 1 p.m.
Mr. Levin said the windows are ground-level and near the front entrance. The 185 nursing home residents were not in danger, he said.
The deer meat will be donated to charities.