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W.Pa. officer shoots coyote headed for colleague

Published: Mon, August 30, 2010 @ 1:33 p.m.

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania police officer says he was saved from a coyote attack when a fellow officer shot the animal as it was about to attack.

Aliquippa Sgt. Douglas Edgell says he stopped a speeder just before 10 p.m. Friday and was standing outside his cruiser with the motorist when the animal started running toward him on Route 51.

Two other officers pulled up in separate cars when one of them, Officer John Lane, aimed out his window and shot the animal before it could reach Edgell.

The animal ran away and the officers could not find it afterward.

A coyote had been reported in the area earlier that day. Officials aren’t sure if it is the same animal.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

This was probably just a rabid dog . Coyotes are not known for attacking adults .

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2jr99(101 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Wow. Why is this even news? The Vindy should do an article on how much those officers make and the kind of pension they will receive. You know, a subject that they've never touched on before. Now that's REAL news.

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3redvert(2165 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

And a rabid Coyote would not attack a human!!! A number of animals that are not rabid normally do not attack humans. Now when they are rabid, the rules sometimes change!!!

I am not a expert on that and until documented otherwise I don't know that Stan is.

I am just saying!

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

redvert :

"I am just saying!"

There has been no news of rabies in the coyotes of Western Pennsylvania . If they find this animal and confirm it then we'll both know for sure . Too bad that the cop wasn't a better shot . My guess is that it was a dog . It could have been just friendly and not rabid . So far there has been reports of rabies in the raccoons .

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5redvert(2165 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago


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