MOUNT VERNON — A cow was killed by police officers on Friday after it got loose from its farm and ran through town, injuring a police officer and damaging a patrol vehicle in the process.

About 5:40 p.m. July 4, Mount Vernon officers were called to the Wal-Mart area of Freeway Drive to reports of an agitated Angus cow loose in the parking lot, police spokeswoman Shannon Haigh said. The cow apparently got loose from its farm on River Bend Road west of Wal-Mart, outside of city limits.

From Wal-Mart, the cow headed southbound on Freeway Drive and officers, with assistance from Skagit County sheriff’s deputies, tried to contain the cow in the 1600 block of South Third Street, Haigh said. The cow acted aggressively toward officers who tried to keep it out of the street and away from a nearby wedding.

The cow was able to escape again before officers again tried to catch it a few blocks away.

Haigh said that was when the cow charged an officer, throwing him into the air and knocking him to the ground. He was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital for observation and was released without major injury, although a bit of soreness.

The cow was able to escape again by jumping on the hood of a patrol car, running across it and getting back to the ground, where it continued to head south, Haigh said.

The cow continued to be aggressive and get into a charging stance whenever it was approached, Haigh said, so officers and the cow’s owner agreed it may need to be killed to prevent it from injuring any other people or damaging property.

An officer found the cow again in the 18000 block of Hickox Road and shot it, Haigh said.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141, kwanielista@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kera_SVH, facebook.com/KeraReports

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