Cop put on leave after shooting and killing town’s beloved ‘friendly’ deer

A Michigan police officer has been put on leave after killing a beloved “friendly” deer, MLive reported.

The young doe, known around the town of Lawrence as “Annie,” gained her friendly reputation by letting residents come close enough to pet her.

The animal’s life was cut short abruptly last week on Oct. 20, when an officer with the Pokagon Band Tribal Police Department killed the deer.

The officer killed the deer at a Lawrence property while a suspect was being arrested on a warrant, the Pokagon Band Tribal Police Department said.

Rindfield saw emergency lights on police vehicles at the property across from her home that day, as she left to go out. She didn’t think anything of it. On her way back, she received several messages and calls about Annie.

She clicked one message, and saw an officer with the deer.

“I click the video and I see a cop put a little like slip lead over the neck and then drag her around,” Rindfield said. “Then, without any warning, just pinned her down and shot her.”

The officer has been placed in administrative leave pending an investigation.

Read the full report over at MLive.

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