Police shoot and kill coyote after it bites officer in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WBNS) — Police say a Columbus officer was taken to the hospital after being bitten by a coyote Thursday evening.

The Columbus Police tell WBNS that the officer was helping a stranded driver in the area of I-70 and Hamilton Road east of downtown just after 7 p.m., when the animal approached.

Police say the coyote tried to attack a state road worker who was also helping the stranded driver. When the police officer attempted to intervene, that's when the coyote bit him.

The animal ran away after the officer punched it but returned when more officers arrived.

The state road worker then tried — unsuccessfully — to mace the coyote before the police officers tried to use a taser on the animal.

Police say attempts to use a taser on the animal didn't work, and it ran toward a wooded area. The officers then surrounded the animal to try and capture it.

Police say the coyote became aggressive and one of the officers shot and killed the animal.

The officer who was bitten was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition and expected to be OK.

Police are investigating the incident.

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