LOWELL TOWNSHIP, MICH. – Kent County deputies fired multiple rounds in an attempt to settle a raging bull that fatally injured its owner.
A farmer’s neighbor called around 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in regards to a bull running loose on a farm in the Cascade Road and Morse Lake area, according to a Kent County Sheriff’s Department news release.
The caller went to check on the farmer and found the bull running around with the farmer on the ground. He backed away from the aggressive animal and waited for police to arrive.
Two sheriff’s deputies responded, and one of them used a patrol car to block the bull in the driveway, the news release states. Neither of them were able to get close to the victim.
The deputies fired 33 rounds with their cruiser rifles, striking the animal each time — it eventually dropped to the ground.
They then were able to respond to the victim, who has since been identified as a 71-year-old man. He died because of “massive injuries” sustained in the attack.
Police believe the farmer was trying to corral the animal before it attacked. It broke through a fenced in area of the farm that has electric fencing, the news release said.
The victim’s name has not been released.