It was world news a few months ago when a crazed man released his menagerie of wild animals upon his community, and then committed suicide. It was left to the Muskingum County, Ohio Sheriff’s Department under Sheriff Matt Lutz to contain the dangerous animals before they could maul or kill citizens.
A link is provided here for the report by the Sheriff’s Department. Here, we present the story told by those who were there. A detective who had to blast a lion at close range with a 12 gauge. A deputy who killed a charging bear with a single shot from his Glock .40, just an instant before the bear reached him. The patrol and SWAT deputies who hunted through the night with their patrol rifles and SWAT precision rifles, until the last threat to their community was extinguished. And the high Sheriff, who had to answer for it all.
Thanks to our friend, associate, and consultant Keith Jones, who participated in the discussion.
The Ayoob Files in American Handgunner
Esquire Magazine article by Chris Jones.