Man Mauled to Death by Deer

Man Mauled to Death by Deer

There are 41 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Oct 8, 2007, titled Man Mauled to Death by Deer. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

Cherokee County, GA - The family of 66-year-old John Frix Jr., was making his funeral arrangements Monday, less than 24 hours after one of the deer that Frix kept in a pen on his Cherokee County property killed ...

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Olive Oyl

Columbia, SC

#1 Oct 8, 2007
The article states, "According to the incident report, Frix’s son, John Frix III, arrived soon after the discovery of the body.“After seeing the body,” Dep. Sobolewski wrote,“John III went over to the deer and shot it seven or eight times with his .45 caliber Springfield semi-automatic pistol.”"

WHY did the son shoot the deer? Was he angry that the deer killed his father? It was a WILD animalm, for heaven's sake, with a brain about the size of a pecan! The deer was doing what came naturally...Protecting "his" territory.

I come from a family of hunters and even hunt myself, yet, I see no reason why the son would kill the deer and shoot it SO MANY TIMES. Either he was terribly mad or a terrible shot.

What a senseless waste! The son should be charged with "animal cruelty" because what he did WAS cruel.
Stop The Madness

Great Falls, SC

#2 Oct 8, 2007
Oh, dear!

“GAMECOCKFAN2007”

Since: Oct 07

Gaston

#3 Oct 8, 2007
wow thats one i havent heard a man mauled to death by a deer/ thats news for the wierd i feel for his family but you should not cage a wild animal they will fight they are not used to being tied up or in cages they will attack does he watch animal planet?????
LBS

Sumter, SC

#4 Oct 8, 2007
Olive Oyl wrote:
The article states, "According to the incident report, Frix’s son, John Frix III, arrived soon after the discovery of the body.“After seeing the body,” Dep. Sobolewski wrote,“John III went over to the deer and shot it seven or eight times with his .45 caliber Springfield semi-automatic pistol.”"
WHY did the son shoot the deer? Was he angry that the deer killed his father? It was a WILD animalm, for heaven's sake, with a brain about the size of a pecan! The deer was doing what came naturally...Protecting "his" territory.
I come from a family of hunters and even hunt myself, yet, I see no reason why the son would kill the deer and shoot it SO MANY TIMES. Either he was terribly mad or a terrible shot.
What a senseless waste! The son should be charged with "animal cruelty" because what he did WAS cruel.
You need to put yourself in the shoes of a man grieving for his father and see how reasonable you'd be. I imagine that he wasn't thinking straight at the time and was probably half-crazed with emotion. People do the same thing to other people in situations where a death or injury of a loved on is involved.
Citizen

Irmo, SC

#5 Oct 8, 2007
OK. Here is a perfect example of why you do not try to keep wild animals. A rutting deer in the wild will generally leave you alone. Pen him up and you got big trouble. What was this man's purpose in keeping that many deer enclosed. Was he looking for a steady supply of venison? These deer need to be released into a state forrest where they will be safer. They are too used to people to be let out anywhere else. Trying to tame wild animals will get you every time.
Well

Columbia, SC

#6 Oct 8, 2007
Yeah this was a terrible freak accident - I feel for the family. And as far as the son's reaction, pretty extreme but you know I can't honestly say I would not have done the same. I mean he did see his father dead - and by the animals he was taking care of (I assume).
C McIntosh

State Park, SC

#7 Oct 8, 2007
I must say I find it very sad that when a human being goes out and kills an animal for sport, he or she is patted on the back for being a "hunter". But just let an animal get the better of a person and here comes all this anger. This wild animal was doing what nature taught it to do. Why should it have been allowed to die this way? And to top it all off, this "hunter" could not even kill it to keep it from suffering. And why didn't the police stop this man from destroying an animal that was not his, but his father's?
A wild animal should be left in the wild and people should have more sense than to try to tame them. The tragdy is more than one life was lost by this accident, but no one will mourn the deer.
Sandy

Myrtle Beach, SC

#9 Oct 8, 2007
Wow - that got edited to death!
BLAZER-B

Toledo, OH

#10 Oct 8, 2007
Why did the deputy allow the son (John Frix III) take his .45 caliber hand gun and unload on the deer that was just protecting his territory. The father knew better to go in there when they are in "RUT".
He played judge and jury on the deer. And Deputy Sobolewski 2nd that motion.
WHERE'S PETA?!!!!!!

Since: Oct 07

Columbia, SC

#11 Oct 8, 2007
He shot my cuz!!!
Kim

AOL

#12 Oct 8, 2007
Some of you people are so cruel.The son was right to shoot the deer.
When a person is grieving he will lash out at the "killer".I would have done the same thing.

“loving life”

Since: Oct 07

Quantico, VA

#13 Oct 9, 2007
Olive Oyl wrote:
The article states, "According to the incident report, Frix’s son, John Frix III, arrived soon after the discovery of the body.“After seeing the body,” Dep. Sobolewski wrote,“John III went over to the deer and shot it seven or eight times with his .45 caliber Springfield semi-automatic pistol.”"
WHY did the son shoot the deer? Was he angry that the deer killed his father? It was a WILD animalm, for heaven's sake, with a brain about the size of a pecan! The deer was doing what came naturally...Protecting "his" territory.
I come from a family of hunters and even hunt myself, yet, I see no reason why the son would kill the deer and shoot it SO MANY TIMES. Either he was terribly mad or a terrible shot.
What a senseless waste! The son should be charged with "animal cruelty" because what he did WAS cruel.
He pleads temporary insanity.

Since: Aug 07

United States

#14 Oct 9, 2007
BLAZER-B wrote:
Why did the deputy allow the son (John Frix III) take his .45 caliber hand gun and unload on the deer that was just protecting his territory. The father knew better to go in there when they are in "RUT".
He played judge and jury on the deer. And Deputy Sobolewski 2nd that motion.
WHERE'S PETA?!!!!!!
<---- A classic example that Deer really dont have territory, they just think they do.
buck master

Columbia, SC

#15 Oct 9, 2007
this is a guide service where a dumb doctor,lawyer,etc. hunter can go and shoot a cage deer of a life time then make up lies how he stalk a wild deer and call himself a professional hunter but he's just not on t.v.
SVG

United States

#16 Oct 9, 2007
Olive Oyl wrote:
The article states, "According to the incident report, Frix’s son, John Frix III, arrived soon after the discovery of the body.“After seeing the body,” Dep. Sobolewski wrote,“John III went over to the deer and shot it seven or eight times with his .45 caliber Springfield semi-automatic pistol.”"
WHY did the son shoot the deer? Was he angry that the deer killed his father? It was a WILD animalm, for heaven's sake, with a brain about the size of a pecan! The deer was doing what came naturally...Protecting "his" territory.
I come from a family of hunters and even hunt myself, yet, I see no reason why the son would kill the deer and shoot it SO MANY TIMES. Either he was terribly mad or a terrible shot.
What a senseless waste! The son should be charged with "animal cruelty" because what he did WAS cruel.
Seek help!

Since: Aug 07

orangeburg sc

#17 Oct 9, 2007
see even pet deer attack. so stop puttting pit bulls down people .all animals will attack.this is a good example of it.
Barney Fife

Cayce, SC

#18 Oct 9, 2007
Wow... this family has lost a husband & father - and some of you just want to whine about why the son killed the poor innocent deer? Um, hello??? This animal had just KILLED the man who had raised and fed him! When did we get to the point where we place a higher value on the life of a wild animal than we do a human being? I mean really! I don't hunt and I certainly don't condone being cruel to animals, but if I put myself in the son's shoes - and I walk up on that scene to find my father dead and that deer with blood on his antlers, you better believe I'm shooting him too! We euthanize dogs and any other animals that kill humans... why should this deer be treated any differently? Some of you need to take a serious look at your values, because they are really screwed up!
Question

West Columbia, SC

#19 Oct 9, 2007
Olive Oyl wrote:
The article states, "According to the incident report, Frix’s son, John Frix III, arrived soon after the discovery of the body.“After seeing the body,” Dep. Sobolewski wrote,“John III went over to the deer and shot it seven or eight times with his .45 caliber Springfield semi-automatic pistol.”"
WHY did the son shoot the deer? Was he angry that the deer killed his father? It was a WILD animalm, for heaven's sake, with a brain about the size of a pecan! The deer was doing what came naturally...Protecting "his" territory.
I come from a family of hunters and even hunt myself, yet, I see no reason why the son would kill the deer and shoot it SO MANY TIMES. Either he was terribly mad or a terrible shot.
What a senseless waste! The son should be charged with "animal cruelty" because what he did WAS cruel.
My thoughts exactly. This is a horrible tragedy but after all the male deer was doing what comes naturally to a wild animal. The deer apparently perceived the man as a threat and did what he would do in-the-wild. I can understand the anger of the son, but to do what he did makes me wonder about his stability. This is raw, scary rage, not just anger or grief.
Think About It

West Columbia, SC

#20 Oct 9, 2007
Kim wrote:
Some of you people are so cruel.The son was right to shoot the deer.
When a person is grieving he will lash out at the "killer".I would have done the same thing.
BUT...does that make it RIGHT?!?!??!?!!
MiGS

Hartsville, SC

#21 Oct 9, 2007
Barney Fife wrote:
Wow... this family has lost a husband & father - and some of you just want to whine about why the son killed the poor innocent deer? Um, hello??? This animal had just KILLED the man who had raised and fed him! When did we get to the point where we place a higher value on the life of a wild animal than we do a human being? I mean really! I don't hunt and I certainly don't condone being cruel to animals, but if I put myself in the son's shoes - and I walk up on that scene to find my father dead and that deer with blood on his antlers, you better believe I'm shooting him too! We euthanize dogs and any other animals that kill humans... why should this deer be treated any differently? Some of you need to take a serious look at your values, because they are really screwed up!
Well said.

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