Shots conclude Harford Road chase


September 03, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A 1,000-pound bull escaped from a Northeast Baltimore slaughterhouse yesterday and ran wild for seven blocks before two police officers fired 10 gunshots and killed it, police said.

The bull broke free about 11:50 a.m. from a pen at the Charles J. Schmidt & Co. Inc. meatpacking plant in the 2100 block of Harford Road and ran north, police said.

Along the way, the animal frightened numerous motorists who were shocked to see a bull running in traffic, but no accidents were reported, police said.

Witnesses reported that the animal seemed to be in a wild state, its head darting back and forth, as it ran on the sidewalks and in the roadway.

Workers from the meatpacking plant followed the bull to the 2800 block of Harford Road and attempted to recapture it, but withdrew when the animal resisted their attempts.

The workers asked two Northeastern District officers at the scene to shoot the animal because of the danger it posed, police reported.

The officers, Gary Combo and William McCallister, fired 10 shots from their service pistols before the animal fell, police said.

All of the shots apparently hit the bull, police said.

Detectives from the homicide unit were called to the scene to investigate the shooting.

The homicide unit looks into all incidents in which police officers fire their weapons.

The dead bull was taken by a pickup truck back to the meatpacking plant, police said.

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