So you’re a park policeman. They give you a badge, a gun, and hopefully at least a little rudimentary training on things one might encounter in a park. Like critters.
One U.S. Park Police officer, last name unknown, shot himself while trying to remove a furry little raccoon attached to his leg yesterday while working in Washington, D.C. He fired upwards of nine shots before surrendering to the four-legged masked bandit, one of them perforating his foot. The cop was airlifted to a local hospital.
Assuming he returns to work, can you imagine the ribbing the officer’s going to get from his co-workers? “You needed how many shots to knock the raccoon off your leg?”
No word on whether the amorous raccoon was actually injured in the melee, but ABC7’s report seems to suggest the critter was still alive despite the brave officer’s hail of bullets.
Park Police say Animal Control officers have been tasked with taking the raccoon away.
Here’s hoping Ranger Rick makes a full and speedy recovery.