DENMARK, WI (WTAQ) - Some tense moments in Brown County Thursday as authorities were needed to kill a runaway bull.
The approximately 1,300-pound bull broke free from an American Foods Group pen, running over a worker on the way out.
"It was extremely dangerous and very aggressive," says village of Denmark Police Chief Ron Towns. "If the bull came into contact with some poor soul on foot, that person would probably be seriously injured or killed."
Brown County Sheriff's called in Towns' help around 10 a.m. With the help of Eagle III, they were able to locate the bull. But authorities realized they didn't have enough firepower.
"I mentioned that in my gun collection at home that I have a .300 Winchester magnum that was probably able to do what we needed to do," says Towns.
Towns picked up the rifle he hadn't shot in 15 years, and hit the bull twice from about 330 yards away. It was able to stun the bull, while officials drove closer to the bull and finish putting the animal down near County Trunk P.
Towns says he was thanked by other authorities.
"You stopped something that could've gone very, very bad, very quickly had you not been there with the right weapon at the right time."
With the threat stopped, he and other autorities joked about the legend being born.
"20 years from now the people in Denmark will be talking about the chief that shot a bull at 1,000 yards at a dead-run, while standing on his head backwards looking through a mirror with a six gun."
Towns added that a few years ago, a Denmark man was killed by a bull while working on his farm.