Police blasted rampaging sheep loose on busy road with a TASER gun

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A taser gun similar to the one used by cops to shoot a runaway sheep
A taser gun similar to the one used by cops to shoot a runaway sheep

Police subdued a rampaging sheep by shooting it with a taser gun, it emerged today.

Officers deployed the firearm after the animal was spotted endangering motorists by running across the A30 near Okehampton, Devon.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: ”Officers attended and after trying various other methods were unable to contain the ram and prevent it from running into the carriageway, which it did on three separate occasions causing a danger to road users.

A taser gun similar to the one used by cops to shoot a runaway sheep
A taser gun similar to the one used by cops to shoot a runaway sheep

“Taser was subsequently deployed successfully and the ram was secured.”

Details of the incident were released under a Freedom Of Information request. It was one of 32 occasions in 2012 when cops in north Devon resorted to tasers.

The data also showed police in the area shot a dog and a 15-year-old boy whose “eyes became squinted as if ready to attack officers.”

Two women were zapped but the majority of cases involved male offenders, police said.

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