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This is just sad and stupid. The cop is on paid administrative leave. If it were an ordinary citizen, they'd be behind bars begging for an attorney.

Cop shoots at snake, kills boy, 5

NOBLE, Oklahoma (AP) -- A police officer shooting at a snake apparently killed a 5-year-old boy who was fishing at a nearby pond, officials said.

Austin Haley was fishing with his grandfather, Jack Tracy, when Tracy said he heard a shot and saw something hit the water just a few feet in front of the boat dock where he was standing.

Moments later, a second shot hit Austin in the head.

A Noble police officer who had responded to a report of a snake in a tree apparently fired the deadly shot while trying to kill the snake on Friday, City Manager Bob Wade said.

"I was told that they tried several ways to get the snake down, but it was still hissing at them and firmly lodged," Wade said. "What I was told is that the owner of the home either suggested or agreed that they should go ahead and shoot the snake, and then everything happened from there."

Tracy thought someone must be trying to kill him and his grandson, so he put the child on the back of a 4-wheeler and drove to his daughter's house about 200 yards away.

"Then two officers came out of the brush over there," he told The Oklahoman. "They didn't tell us they were the ones who had been shooting or that they had shot him. They didn't admit a doggone thing."

The boy was pronounced dead at an Oklahoma City hospital, about 25 miles north of Noble.

Wade refused to identify the officer but said the person had been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

"This is so bizarre it has to be fully investigated," he said. "We're pretty sure circumstantially that it is the bullet from the police officer's gun, but it might be a bullet from someone else."

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said a state investigation was under way, though it appeared the fatal shot had been fired by the officer.

Tracy has little doubt. "I'm not saying the cop shot him on purpose," he said. "But let me tell you -- if I had a kid and put him in this car and didn't put him in a car seat and he got killed on the way to town, they'd charge me with murder ... and what this cop did is a lot worse than that."

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what a firking muppet ! , just a foot note the UK cops kill more people with their fucking cars responding to a cat up a tree type shit than the bad guys kill with their guns , worthles tossers .
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Dispicable. Unfortunately, cops aren't super-people...they're ordinary folks, and if you live in a town where ordinary folks are stupid enough to shoot at a snake in a residential area, well, this shit will happen. Noble and towns like it are the rule here - Tulsa and OKC are exceptional in that more than a few thousand people live there. These are salt of the earth people...not a lot of sophistication. Think Roscoe from "Dukes of Hazzard"
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Its sad, very sad but when will the Americans look (seriously) at gun laws. If the crooks use em - the police have to. But restrict the availability of guns and reduce the risk. If any person can own a gun - then the risk of accidental death is far increased. I feel sorry for the cop in this case, as he did not mean to hurt anyone, on the contrary, he felt by killing the snake he would be doing people a favour.
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Cowardly douche bags shouldn't be shooting snakes anywhere......

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Its sad, very sad but when will the Americans look (seriously) at gun laws. If the crooks use em - the police have to. But restrict the availability of guns and reduce the risk. If any person can own a gun - then the risk of accidental death is far increased. I feel sorry for the cop in this case, as he did not mean to hurt anyone, on the contrary, he felt by killing the snake he would be doing people a favour.
Never. There's not a valid argument against them. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The decline of this society is due in large part to the failure of ordinary people to recognize a fundamental, universal truth - for each action, there is a consequence...even inaction has a consequence.
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no need to dig so deep cgar , the guy shot a kid because he was to thick and unskill to be given a gun , not much more to it than that realy .
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Yup, precisely why Barney Fife was ordered to keep his bullet in his pocket.

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no need to dig so deep cgar , the guy shot a kid because he was to thick and unskill to be given a gun , not much more to it than that realy .
You're exactly right...I bristle every time someone tries to turn a tragedy of bad luck or individual stupidity into a call for legislation of what should be common sense. "A kid died of a gunshot wound - we should ban all guns!" That's knee-jerk, brain-dead alarmism and I hate it.
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Dispicable. Unfortunately, cops aren't super-people...they're ordinary folks, and if you live in a town where ordinary folks are stupid enough to shoot at a snake in a residential area, well, this shit will happen. Noble and towns like it are the rule here - Tulsa and OKC are exceptional in that more than a few thousand people live there. These are salt of the earth people...not a lot of sophistication. Think Roscoe from "Dukes of Hazzard"
That line threw me off for a moment.

For future reference, use a shotgun with pellets, not a pistol to shoot a snake in a tree, OR

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