LITTLETON, Mass. (AP) — Police shot and killed an out-of-control bull that gored a 74-year-old man at a livestock yard.
Officers went to the Flame Livestock Market in Littleton just before 3 p.m. Sunday after the 1,800-pound animal injured the man and went after several other people.
Ronald Pollock was taken to Emerson Hospital in Concord with injuries that are not considered life threatening, his business partner Hugh McGovern told The Boston Globe. He suffered minor head, arm and chest wounds and was later released, authorities said.
Pollock was attempting to load the bull on a truck when it turned on him, McGovern said.
“It tried to gore him with its horns. You could see some marks on him from where the bull had actually hit him a couple of times,” police Chief Matthew King said.
No one else was injured.
With the police station just two miles away, officers responded quickly. An officer fired only one shot at the loose bull, King told The Sun of Lowell.
That officer will have to file a use-of-force report to explain his actions, but King said no further investigation would be required.
“Nobody likes to do it, whether it’s an animal or anything,” King said. “But sometimes, unfortunately, it’s necessary.”
McGovern expects Pollock to make a full recovery.
“He’s one rugged dude, I’ll tell you,” he said.