Video: Maryland Cop Fatally Shoots Groundhog for Benefit of ‘Public Safety’

Warning: Viewer discretion is advised.  Hide the children.  Tell the faint of heart to leave the room.  What you are about to watch is horribly graphic and deeply disturbing… Okay, maybe that’s overstating things a bit.

What you’ll see in the video is a Maryland Sheriff taking out a wily groundhog, who allegedly refused to cooperate with the LEO’s commands.

Cpl. Jon Light with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office explained why the officer opted to use deadly force against the rodent.

“You see the groundhog coming after the officer. At this point in time, the animal was not acting as a normal animal would. It is within our policy to dispose of any animal that could pose a health threat,” Light said in an interview with W-BAL.

“It doesn’t appear that it had bitten anyone at that point,” added Light.

What is a “normal” reaction for a frightened and distressed animal?  Dunno, but evidently, this chubby little guy wasn’t behaving in that manner.

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Here’s the official narrative from the Sheriff’s Office:

The deputy was travelling on Rt 26 in the area of White Rock Road when he observed traffic backing up along the road. He found that the groundhog in question was walking into the roadway, causing vehicles to stop and creating a hazard. He got out of his vehicle to assess, and as he tried to direct the groundhog off of the roadway, he realized that it was not responding as expected for an animal that was not being cornered or trapped. Believing the groundhog to be either sick or injured, the deputy then put the animal down for the public’s safety.

Justyna Olkowska was the onlooker who recorded the confrontation on her camera phone.  Judging by her narration during filming, it’s clear she didn’t expect it to end the way it did.

“It started out as a cute encounter where I thought he was trying to help the little fella,” said Olkowska, of Pikesville, Maryland. “I obviously did not think that it would take this turn and was kind of shocked. I am sure the officer did the best thing in this situation. It is not for me to judge.”

While it’s probably wise to avoid armchair QB-ing the officer’s response, people on Twitter can’t resist the urge:

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • George May 16, 2018, 2:37 pm

    ISYN A friend was out shooting groundhogs one day. He reached out to move a small branch out of the way of his 3030. When he pulled the trigger he shot the middle knuckle out of the middle finger of his left hand. The groundhog lived on to continue eating the young corn shoots.

  • 2/2 Warlords May 14, 2018, 5:49 pm

    That cop is a bitch, scared of a groundhog. Just get out of the way, the groundhog is not going to chase you down the road.

  • LibT@rd May 12, 2018, 2:04 am

    Couldn’t he have just tazed him, or tackled and handcuffed him, or signed him up for midnight basketball?

  • Carl May 11, 2018, 7:43 pm

    Well, folks usually just run critters like that over with their car. Remember folks, be careful with picking up road kill for dinner, as it may be rabid.

  • pa4445 May 11, 2018, 6:48 pm

    Groundhogs are pretty tough. I hit one once with a .357 , I was close enough to see the meat fly out the back, and it still made it to its hole about 20 feet away.

  • Oldefarte May 11, 2018, 6:28 pm


    That’s right, Ground Hog Lives Matter!

    I’ll bet that Ground Hog was completely unarmed, but that nasty cop shot him like he was…, well, like he was…, umm, yeah, like he was just an ANIMAL!

    Sick, I tell ya’. It’s just sick.

  • Chuck in Phoeix May 11, 2018, 5:42 pm

    I\’m surprised the Cop didn\’t claim he was afraid for his life like they do when they Murder Unarmed People in Motel Hallways crying and begging for their life, or small 12 year old children playing in the park, or black guys with a tail light out…
    The Cops now days are worthless pussy cowards and should never be issued a gun…This is one more example of Barney Fife in action.

    • Mike V May 11, 2018, 7:44 pm

      Typical comment section fool.

  • BRUCE MARSTON May 11, 2018, 4:29 pm


  • Colonialgirl May 11, 2018, 3:16 pm

    Send that jackass BACK to pistol training and take away his badge. ANYBODY that behaves that STUPID and shoots THAT poorly form 3-4 feet away SHOULD never be permitted to carry a weapon.

  • john roark May 11, 2018, 1:18 pm

    This scenario played out in a reasonable fashion. If no-lifes want to bleed over the death of a stupid groundhog, let them bleed.

  • bjg May 11, 2018, 11:48 am

    The more I look at this the more it seems the Cop is scared to death of this Groundhog. He should have moved out of the way and let it pass. Hope He never comes up against a mean felon>.

    • Andy Buckmichael May 11, 2018, 1:02 pm

      I hope he does and I hope the felon takes him out.

      • Mike V May 11, 2018, 7:47 pm

        Another comment section fool.

        Your well reasoned arguments are intellectually stimulating…. as always.

  • John R May 11, 2018, 10:20 am

    The only thing “clear” here is the rodent was trying to cross the road and the cop wouldn’t let it. It was probably trying to get back to its den, and its young. You mindless drones, on the left and the right, need to stop defending or condemning people’s actions and start looking at facts to determine guilt.

  • Sean Carberry May 11, 2018, 9:04 am

    …so should cops carry pitch forks for incidents like this? That’s how its done on farms if a firearm isn’t at the ready. It’s a rodent. Get over it. Maybe people should get a ticket for stopping in the road. Run it over? Snowflake logic: I’m gonna stop on a hwy to save a rodent. No thought that other vehicles could hit them. Dumb people.

  • bjg May 11, 2018, 8:37 am

    Had a Groundhog on my front porch just two days ago, and I live in a town of over thirty thousand. It walked off over to the neighbors and I lost sight of him. Guess I should have shot him for the good of the neighborhood. I’ve hunted groundhogs for over 40 years and have taken hundreds of them. Their not real smart and will sometimes walk right up to you in the woods.. Don’t believe the policeman ever encountered one before and was confused or scared. It was just doing hat groundhogs do..

  • Abner T Yokum May 11, 2018, 8:07 am

    A groundhog? LOL

    I’m not touching this one, literally or figuratively…

  • Rane May 11, 2018, 7:40 am

    I’m confused as to why so many of you are against the actions of the officer. This animal was clearly not in its right mind. Even tame groundhogs don’t act like that. The comment about moving the animal to the nearby woods is ignorant. As though the officer has the equipment to safely capture a possibility rabid groundhog then release the groundhog somewhere else. You can’t just reach down and grab a groundhog. They will bite you, very hard. And releasing an animal with an unknown and possibly very contagious and possibly leathal disease is extremely stupid. The fact they are not testing the animal is stupid as well. If in fact they were to find out the critter is rabid, then they could check the area for other possibly infected animals preventing further spreading. If a groundhog changes you, you may think to just kick it. But if it’s rabid that kick could result in a bite or scratch from the animal causing you to get a series of very painful shots in your abdomen. I say blow its brains out! None of you libtards seem to understand that these people are forced to make decisions in stressful situations and in most cases do a great job weighing their options before acting. I’m just glad the groundhog wasn’t African American. The media would’ve had a field day.

    • Kelarjian May 11, 2018, 11:12 am

      You mistyped. You must have meant, “This ‘Enforcer’ was clearly not in ‘his’ right mind.”

      • Donald Crawford May 11, 2018, 4:11 pm

        Not every animal with rabies foams at the mouth and walks erratically. That animal was not acting normally. As troubling as it is to see something die, that officer acted correctly.

  • Andy Buckmichael May 11, 2018, 7:30 am

    Another hero useless cop.

    • Mike V May 11, 2018, 11:37 am

      Speaking of useless. Go away.

      • Andy Buckmichael May 11, 2018, 1:05 pm

        You sound like an idiot cop.

  • Andy Buckmichael May 11, 2018, 6:59 am

    Typical idiot cop. Most of them do not even know what day it is.

  • Nick M May 11, 2018, 5:31 am

    Behold the power of 9MM?

  • 1776 Patriot May 11, 2018, 4:14 am

    The stupidity of liberals and progressives cannot be exaggerated!

  • Mike V May 8, 2018, 4:15 pm

    They stopped traffic for a groundhog?

    What did he shoot it with, didn’t seem to fazed on the first shot, maybe he grazed it.

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