Police shoot, kill wild deer trapped in school building

April 16, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

Police shot and killed a deer that jumped through lobby windows at the Old Mill High School complex Friday and got trapped inside, county police said.

The deer crashed through a glass window around 2: 15 p.m., jumping over two students and seriously injuring itself. The animal thrashed about and jumped as high as 7 feet into the air, police said.

The high school day ends at 1: 55 p.m., Old Mill Middle School North lets out at 2: 35 p.m. and Old Mill Middle School South at 3: 30 p.m.

"Had it been a little earlier or a little later, we might have really had some problems. We held the kids in the classrooms," said Principal William Callaghan. "We were lucky because that lobby could have been full of high school kids just a few minutes earlier."

Animal control officers found the deer in a narrow hallway near the auditorium and told police that the animal could not be taken out of the school alive without injuring them, police said.

The officers also feared the deer would be danger to the neighborhood if freed.

Officers Eric Snair and Craig Lazzaro each shot the deer once, police said. The incident lasted about 30 minutes, and the remaining students were dismissed about 20 minutes late.

"That's the first one I've ever seen in this area," Mr. Callaghan said. "There's some farmland across [Interstate] 97, but I think it'd be hard to get across 97."

Pub Date: 4/16/96

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