Tennessee Police Officer Fired After Using Gun And Pepper Spray Against Squirrel In Store

131021110548_dollar-general1018341.jpgWhat is it about law enforcement and squirrels recently? We previously discussed the pepper spraying of a squirrel. Now Tennessee police officer Officer Jody Putnam has been fired after he tried to get rid of a squirrel in a Dollar General store by shooting at the animal and using his pepper spray.


Putnam was in the store in Mountain City when employees spotted the squirrel. Putnam first responded by shooting at the squirrel and then used his pepper spray. Even if one were to use lethal force on a squirrel, it is curious why you would use the gun before the pepper spray.

To make matters worse, Putnam did not report the discharging of his weapon in a store — let alone at a small rodent. Presumably, he hit the squirrel since it reported as dead as Putnam’s law enforcement career.

Putnam is an experienced officer. He spent 14 years with another department and has been with the Mountain City police department for five years.

31 thoughts on “Tennessee Police Officer Fired After Using Gun And Pepper Spray Against Squirrel In Store”

  1. A cop shoots and kills a squirrel, he gets fired.

    A cop shoots and kills an innocent person, and nothing happens.

    And who says PETA isn’t getting their way?

  2. Good lord … what an idiot!

    A few years ago we had our roof replaced. The roofers were going to return the next day to attach guards to the tops of all our chimneys and flues.

    At 2:00 in the morning my husband heard some strange noises that sounded like it was in the walls. He went downstairs and found a squirrel in the fireplace having come down through the uncapped flue. He got a fishing pole, put a piece of bread with some peanut butter on the hook, lured the squirrel across the living room floor and out the front door. He then lit a fire in the fireplace and tended it till the morning when the roofers returned.

    I have some great pictures!

  3. All Police Department recruits should be required to pass psychological tests, before their badges & fire arms are issued…………!!!

  4. Prof. Turley you did not tell us if you believe the firing was in order? I want to know why its open season on all mammals with the stasi police. I mean from shooting a litter of kittens to pet dogs all over the USA. Good grief.

  5. He was a Rally Squirrel for the Saint Louis Cardinals. Cardinal Nation will be on this guys uttBay over this.

  6. Haha, You know the funniest part is that if he’d done the same thing to a person they would say he “acted appropriately”.

  7. And then there’s this:

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/176737/cop-stop-black-man-tells-him-all-you-do-weaken-f-ing-country?rel=emailNation# (with video)

    Excerpt:

    There are a number of choice quotes to be pulled from this video, my favorite among them the retort from the young man being stopped and who managed to film the incident, “You not protecting me by stopping me when I’m trying to go to work,” but it’s this exchange that has come to define the encounter:

    Officer: “We don’t want you here [in Philadelphia], anyway. All you do is weaken the f**king country.”

    Young man: “How do I weaken the country? By working?”

    Officer: “No, freeloading,”

    Young man: “Freeloading on what? I work.”

    Officer: “Do you? Where?”

    Young man: “[redacted] Country Club.”

    Officer: “Doing what?”

    Young man: “I’m a server”

    Officer: “A server? Serving weed?”

    The officer responsible for this racist line of questioning, Philip Nace, was recently placed in the Differential Police Response Unit, a disciplinary unit, for what a police spokesman called “idiotic behavior” after another video surfaced of him knocking down a basketball hoop and, while driving away in a police van, telling the group that was playing “have a good day.” He is being investigated by Internal Affairs.

    “But this is one individual,” Lt. John Stanford told the Philadelphia Daily News, “Don’t let this individual put it in your mind that this is how officers act. The vast majority of officers give the residents of this city 110 percent.”

    The problem is, as badly as Philadelphia police may want to isolate Nace and his poor behavior, this isn’t the result of mistakenly hiring one racist cop. This is a racist policy supported by a racist society doing exactly what it was designed to do. …

    They can discipline Nace, even remove him from the force (and they should), but his actions are only a symptom of the larger disease. The more we focus our energy on the Naces of the world, the further we get from a cure.

  8. And then there’s this:

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/176737/cop-stop-black-man-tells-him-all-you-do-weaken-f-ing-country?rel=emailNation# (with video)

    Excerpt:

    There are a number of choice quotes to be pulled from this video, my favorite among them the retort from the young man being stopped and who managed to film the incident, “You not protecting me by stopping me when I’m trying to go to work,” but it’s this exchange that has come to define the encounter:

    Officer: “We don’t want you here [in Philadelphia], anyway. All you do is weaken the fucking country.”

    Young man: “How do I weaken the country? By working?”

    Officer: “No, freeloading,”

    Young man: “Freeloading on what? I work.”

    Officer: “Do you? Where?”

    Young man: “[redacted] Country Club.”

    Officer: “Doing what?”

    Young man: “I’m a server”

    Officer: “A server? Serving weed?”

    The officer responsible for this racist line of questioning, Philip Nace, was recently placed in the Differential Police Response Unit, a disciplinary unit, for what a police spokesman called “idiotic behavior” after another video surfaced of him knocking down a basketball hoop and, while driving away in a police van, telling the group that was playing “have a good day.” He is being investigated by Internal Affairs.

    “But this is one individual,” Lt. John Stanford told the Philadelphia Daily News, “Don’t let this individual put it in your mind that this is how officers act. The vast majority of officers give the residents of this city 110 percent.”

    The problem is, as badly as Philadelphia police may want to isolate Nace and his poor behavior, this isn’t the result of mistakenly hiring one racist cop. This is a racist policy supported by a racist society doing exactly what it was designed to do. …

    They can discipline Nace, even remove him from the force (and they should), but his actions are only a symptom of the larger disease. The more we focus our energy on the Naces of the world, the further we get from a cure.

  9. the squirrel had been doing bath salts and had a steak knife from housewares.

    the sad downward spiral of the actor Rocket J Squirrel.

  10. There’s spicy and then there is ridiculous, but I thought everyone knew that squirrel is better for take out than dine in. Especially in Tennessee. 😀

  11. My concern is also the bullet traveling along walls, floor or ceiling and hitting someone else.

  12. I just do-not get-it. Cops and guns, MUST they use them as much as possible?! Horrible enough to shoot old-folks in wheelchairs, and their dogs, but to shoot a squirrel in a store?!

    What harm could it do?! Open the door and let it run out. …Maybe I am too old for this world?

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