Shooting of coyote concerning to Clarksville neighbors - WKRN News 2

Shooting of coyote concerning to Clarksville neighbors

Michael Booth Michael Booth

Clarksville police shot and killed what was thought to be a rabid coyote in a neighborhood on Monday.

One of the shots fired ricocheted off the pavement and flew into a driveway of a nearby house, hitting a truck and leaving holes in the door.

Michael Booth told News 2 that coyotes frequently walk through the neighborhood.

"They come through the back field behind us and sometimes they just come through here randomly," said Booth.

Another neighbor, a mother of a nine-month-old baby who was home at the time, told News 2 she is more concerned the officer fired his weapon than she was about the coyote.

"Shot it twice and it ricocheted and it hit a buddy's truck and went into the neighbors window," said Booth.

A police spokesperson said the officers contacted the TWRA when they first arrived.

A TWRA agent then instructed the officers to put it down right away before it hurt someone, but that doesn't satisfy some of the neighbors, including Booth who has a young son.

"There was a lot better ways to take care of the coyote rather than just getting scared and shooting it right there," said Booth.

This isn't the only neighborhood to report coyotes in the streets.

The TWRA urges residents to not leave children outside unattended, and to avoid allowing pets to roam free.

A spokesperson for the Clarksville Police Department said the incident is under investigation.

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