Tennessee Police Officer Jody Putnam Terminated After Shooting At Squirrel And Reportedly Refusing To File Report

A police officer in Tennessee has lost his job after firing his gun at a squirrel in a store and then not following department procedures.

Now former Mountain City, Tenn., officer Jody Putnam was on duty and called out to a Dollar General store in Johnson City when the store reportedly needed some assistance with a squirrel that was in the building, according to a story on WSLS’ website.

The officer reportedly fired his gun inside the store and the property owner was a little surprised.

“Shooting back there, of course that should not have been, that should not have happened,” Carl Duffield said.

WBIR reports that when shooting at the squirrel in the store apparently didn’t work, the officer decided to use pepper spray, which bothered others near the squirrel as customers reportedly came out of the store coughing.

Whenever an officer fires his gun, he must immediately report it to a supervisor and then make a written statement, according to the policy and procedures for the department. However, Putnam reportedly refused to file a report and was fired.

“Through a violation of the police department policy Officer Jody Putnam’s employment, as a Mountain City Police Officer, was terminated by the Board of Mayor and Alderman,” said Mountain City Mayor Lawrence Keeble.

Sources: WSLS, WBIR


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