Video of the bull running through the street is posted below. Warning: It contains graphic language.
BALTIMORE (WNEW/AP) — Baltimore police say officers shot a bull that had escaped from a city slaughterhouse on a downtown street.
Sgt. Sarah Connolly, a police spokeswoman, says the animal was shot and killed shortly after 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of Charles and West Preston streets in the Mount Vernon neighborhood.
Connolly says police received calls from business owners concerned about the animal running loose on the streets. The neighborhood is home to numerous bars, restaurants and shops.
The animal was “increasingly aggressive,” and officers made several attempts to trap it before killing it, police said on the department’s Facebook page.
Apparently, a bull is running around downtown Baltimore right now http://t.co/pKR6oZFugL—
Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) June 13, 2014
Sam Wirtz, who lives three blocks away, said he was walking to visit a friend when he saw the animal running down the street.
“I was trying to get other people to get the hell out of the way,” he said.
Wirtz, who grew up in Texas, said he heard four shots but didn’t see the animal fall.
“This is normal for me, just not in Baltimore city,” he said.
After the shooting, police moved their cars to block from view the dark-colored animal, which was lying on its side next to a black pickup truck with limbs straight out.
The bull shot by police is attracting a crowd http://t.co/q19GunB7LJ—
Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) June 13, 2014
The carcass was hauled away by representatives of a company that recycles restaurant grease and animal byproducts.
Police believe the animal escaped from the Old Line Custom Meat Company slaughterhouse in west Baltimore.
There were no injuries or property damage, police say.
Warning: This video contains some graphic language.
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