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Tacoma police officer kills cougar after accident

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on July 31, 2010 at 10:11 am with 13 Comments »
July 31, 2010 10:19 am

A Tacoma police officer shot and killed a cougar this morning after he struck the animal with his patrol car in the Eatonville area on his way to work, a spokesman said.

The cougar darted into the road at East 352nd Street and Meridian Avenue East, said Tacoma Police Officer Donald Stodola.

After his vehicle going northbound on Meridian – Highway 161 – struck and ran over the cougar around 4:30 a.m., Officer Joe Mettler stopped and reported the incident to his supervisor, Stodola said.

The female cougar moved toward Mettler, who thought the animal was dead. Mettler then shot and killed the cougar because of the threat the animal posed and to end the injured animal’s suffering, Stodola said.

Mettler’s vehicle sustained minor damage and he wasn’t injured, Stodola said. Mettler continued on into Tacoma to work his patrol shift today.

The Washington State Patrol will issue an incident report and Tacoma police will review the report of an unscheduled discharge of a weapon. Stodola said Mettler’s firing of his weapon appears to be justified.

Leave a comment Comments → 13
  1. hensandducks says:

    She may have young! Is someone searching for them?

  2. Kevindot1 says:

    That’s too bad…

  3. tribreader1966 says:

    Is someone searching for them? Are you serious! Maybe you should go out there and look…

  4. chevellelvr says:

    Well, if that was an ordinary citizen looking to end the suffering of the cougar, im sure they would be under scrutiny, and maybe even arrest.

  5. m9078jk3 says:

    Poor kitty cat how sad.

  6. Tacoma police car in Eatonville? Thats a 40 mile commute each way daily. How much are we as taxpayers paying just to allow this vehicle to go back and forth each day? How much extra wear and tear is put on the vehicle by adding an extra 400 miles a week to the limited life of this Tacoma police vehicle? Oh, and the cougar got what he had coming.

  7. rockrabbit says:

    One more reason for Tacoma police officers to live in the city they serve.

  8. PerryMason22 says:

    Bnsg, you are dorkified. Lame…skizzo…

  9. madmike272 says:

    bnsg. Maybe you should try to live in Tacoma’s city limits on their salary you twit. I know many Seattle PD and none of them can even afford to live in King County. Quit your damned whining and crying, you little sissyboy!

  10. Madmike, what a lame excuse. And, coming from an internet toughguy like yourself, it must be true. Check the numbers before making such moronic comments

    Perrymason, why, because I dont agree with your point of view? How long are patrol cars left inservice? How much of their service life is used up commuting so far out of the city that pays for those vehicles? How much extra fuel is used, and paid for by the taxpayers on commuting alone?

  11. madmike272 says:

    Well bnsg, I work with a bunch of SPD guys and they all live in Pierce County because they can’t afford to live in Seattle. how many do you know or work with every day?

  12. Madmike, glad you asked. I have one SPD officer who lives next door that I shoot with. Friends with a Port of Seattle Officer since grade school. Two TPD officers who live close by that I have known for sevreal yeras. In all but one case they were hired while living where they are right now. From extensive talks, they do not wish to live in the areas they patrol. Also, I know about how much they make, and the money is not what keeps them from moving closer to where they work. Their salaries are public record. If you think that they dont make enough to live in the areas they patrol, you have either been lied to, or you are attempting to prove your point without letting the facts get in the way.

  13. FreeAmerica says:

    Poor Kitty?
    You libs took away the hound hunting and you need to live with the results.

    You can go look for the survivors….me?? I’ll be watching the 5 oclock news to see who got killed trying to save a dangerous animal.

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