Monday, April 07, 2008

Police Say Chimp Grabbed Dart Gun Before Being Shot To Death

A report into the shooting death of a research chimpanzee says the animal threatened a police officer by flailing its arms.

The officer says he was scared and can't remember how many times he shot at the chimp.

The 17-year-old animal was killed last month after escaping from his play area at a research center run by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The report says the animal couldn't be subdued with tranqualizer darts, then grabbed the dart gun from an attendant and threw it away.

The report into the animal's shooting death was obtained by the Austin American-Statesman.

The officer who shot the animal has since returned to duty. He was not named.

Story here.

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