CEDAR CITY – A loose bull went on a tirade through Cedar City Monday morning, knocking down two women and stopping traffic on Main Street before finally being run over, and then shot, by officers with the Cedar City Police Department.
According to a press release from CCPD, the excitement began at 7 a.m. near the cross section of 700 West and 400 South. When officers responded to the scene, the bull was scared off and began running toward Main Street, charging and knocking down a female pedestrian along the way.
Officers finally managed to corral the bull in the doorway of Watch Me Grow Children’s Boutique, 535 S. Main St., Suite 4 in Cedar City. Store manager Karyn Arnold said there was no damage to the storefront but the owners did have to call someone to come and pressure wash all of the “poo” they found on the sidewalk.
“They thought it was possibly someone’s dog,” she said. “But they said it was a lot of poo, so I am guessing it was from that bull.”
She said the store was closed when it happened, so nobody was even aware of what had taken place until it was being shared all over Facebook.
Witness Connie Finn said she was working the morning shift as a server at All American Diner when she noticed cars outside were suddenly stopping and traffic was backing up. She said all of the commotion between the stopped traffic and the police sirens drew her attention to the window just in time to see a massive bull run across Main Street and head into the parking lot of Watch Me Grow.
Finn said her first reaction was to follow the action and try to get some video footage of the events as they were unfolding. She said the officers warned her to stay back and advised that she take off her red jacket because it could provoke the already angry bull.
“I wasn’t really thinking about my safety,” she said. “I was just thinking about this really awesome video I was going to have later.”
She said after about 30 minutes,or so, the bull was spooked by something, began to buck and then shot off through the police vehicles back across Main Street.
Cedar City Police Sgt. Jimmy Roden said CCPD had called in assistance from ranchers and cattle hands that could help, but they did not respond before the situation escalated and the bull escaped once again.
This time, Roden said the bull headed toward Southern Utah University and South Elementary before finding its way into the yard of a resident in the area, where officers tried to corner the animal to no avail. After charging officers and breaking through several fences in neighboring yards, the bull continued north to Southern Utah University where yet another female was forcefully knocked to the ground.
Both women who were charged and knocked down by the bull were treated at Valley View Medical Center and released with only minor injuries, the press release said.
Roden said at that point, officers on the scene decided public safety was at risk and one officer proceeded to run the bull over with his Dodge Durango in an effort to stop the rampage. The attempt was unsuccessful, however, and Roden said the bull was only temporarily incapacitated, and officers were forced to shoot the bull multiple times until it was dead.
Roden said the bull was estimated to be between 1,000 and 1,300 pounds. He said he was unsure where the bull is now. An investigation was opened and is ongoing to find the owners of the animal and learn how the bull got into town in the first place, he said.
Roden said the bull’s death was unfortunate, but the bravery shown by CCPD and the other assisting officers from allied departments was exceptional.
“Our officers did an excellent job today in protecting the public,” Roden said. “They really were trying their best to protect the pedestrians and removed several pedestrians and kids who were going to school.”
“They really did a good job in balancing their protection of the public and their final choice to put that animal down,” he added.
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