Quite why Mountain City Police Officer Jody Putnam decided to shoot a squirrel inside a Dollar General store is something of a mystery. Phobia? Substance abuse-related cognitive issues? Officer Putnam’s subsequent decision to mace the mammal is similarly strange, given that the store had customers inside it at the time. I suppose Mountain City’s 2,383 residents (as of 2000) should be grateful that Officer Putnam went rogue on a squirrel rather than a two-legged varmint. Still, you gotta wonder, as wsav.com did, if there’d been some warning signs about the former Captain at the Johnson County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office leading up to this incident. And, as wsav.com didn’t, what happened to the squirrel. In any case, Officer Putnam’s job loss is the rodents’ gain. Then again, our IGOTD now has some time on his hands and a score to settle . . .