CHURCH HILL, Tenn. (AP) -- Lesson learned. Match the firepower to the intended target.
The Kingsport Times-News reported that when Hawkins County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Byrd arrived at Ira Wilmoth's home in Church Hill, a mature longhorn bull was standing in the front yard. The animal's owner, Patrick Bone of Kingsport, soon arrived and said he couldn't get the bull back into its pasture, so he was going to shoot it.
The deputy said Bone shot the bull with a .22-caliber gun and it just angered the animal, which then ran from Bone and the officer on Wednesday evening.
Byrd said that out of concern for the safety of people in the neighborhood, he killed the bull with two shots from his department-issued shotgun.