Steer flees slaughterhouse, leads 90-minute chase

6:04 AM, Jun 20, 2012   |    comments
A 1300-pound Angus steer lays dead in the back yard of a home in Columbia, Mo.
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Campus police have shot and killed a runaway steer that fled a University of Missouri slaughterhouse and seriously injured a man during the pursuit.

The 1,300-pound Angus steer escaped from the university's veterinary school just before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The animal led campus officers, an MU livestock handler and its owners on a 90-minute winding chase through the campus, across a busy Columbia street and into the nearby East Campus neighborhood.

A tranquilizer dart failed to slow the steer, which ran into the sides of two campus police cars. A campus officer shot the animal three times behind an off-campus home.

The Columbia Missourian reports that John Brune, whose son owned the steer, was hospitalized with a head injury he suffered while trying to help corral the animal.


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