Officer Puts Down Deer Suffering after Car Strike

Cranston Police Officer Bradford C. Duclos was in the unfortunate position of having to end the life of a deer after a recent motor vehicle accident.

According to a police report, Duclos was dispatched to 400 Scituate Ave. on Dec. 17 at around 4 a.m. for a report of a struck deer near the roadway.

Duclos said he arrived and found the deer on the side of the road suffering in pain. The deer appeared to have both its back legs broken and was unable to move.

After contacting the sergeant on duty, Duclos told his supervisor that he would put the deer down to end its suffering. 

Duclos fired two rounds into its head, "ending the deer's pain," Duclos wrote in his report. 

The deer was off to the side of the road and not obstructing traffic. The state Department of Environmental Management was notified and was to remove the deer later that morning.
rgl December 30, 2013 at 09:33 AM
Did he wait 2 hrs before shooting animal could had been in shock from getting hit by car. Did he shoot behind the ear where the skull is thinner. Will we be told if the legs were actually broken. Not just appeared to be broken
Frank Dwyer December 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM
Serious RGL? Didn't know there was a time frame for putting an injured animal down. I'm pretty sure with the speed limit at places on Scituate Ave at 40mph (which no one does) this deer didn't stand a chance. Your the same guy I have seen on other post's bashing the police. I have personally hit a deer on this road and called the DEM myself and they won't respond but I'm sure if you call them they would tell you when they picked the deer up if it's legs were broken.
rgl December 30, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Frank read how a deer should be put down that's humane and if you hit a deer on this rd. You were driving over speed limit? Bashing police? Stating facts that what I did.
Sheyleen Saline December 30, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I seriously doubt 2 hours after shock wore off the deer would just hop up and not have broken legs. And considering the police officer isn't a trained vet I'll just go right ahead and assume the breaks were visible and the animal could not flee (which if you know anything about wildlife, especially deer, you'd know that even in shock the animal will desperately attempt to flee, and if it was not capable of doing so a lot more than shock was effecting it, like oh let's say, broken legs?). As for the bullet, really? It says he shot the thing twice, if the first shot didn't kill it then the second obviously did. Thinnest part of the skull, good grief, as if people don't blow holes through their bodies and hunt them down for sport. This isn't the family dog we're talking about, its a wild, suffering, and probably paralyzed deer. Maybe he should have held its hoof and sang to it as it laid on the side of the road screaming in agony until the DEM arrived to shoot the thing themselves. "Will we be told if the legs were actually broken", yeah, tonight on the news there will be a special bulletin on the autopsy of the murdered deer and his family's thoughts on police brutality against deer.
rgl December 30, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Read and be informed on procedures about deers look on the internet get some knowledge
Sheyleen Saline December 30, 2013 at 09:53 PM
After you study up on grammar and punctuation.
Frank Dwyer December 30, 2013 at 10:49 PM
RGL...maybe with all your insight on police matters and how things are done, maybe you should take a police test and become an officer so that you can later become the chief and teach all the officers how to properly shoot a deer.
billy January 02, 2014 at 06:57 PM
rgl shold give pd her address so they can dmp the deer in her driveway and let her deal with it.


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