Police officer fired after shooting at squirrel in store

Oct 27, 2013 Full story: Free Republic 124

Officials in a Tennessee city said a police officer was fired for shooting his gun and using pepper spray in an attempt to get a squirrel out of a dollar store.

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Frank

Greenville, SC

#1 Nov 5, 2013
And now he is running for Sheriff in 2014!!!!!
idiot

Jonesborough, TN

#2 Nov 5, 2013
He's obviously an inbred dipshit who shouldn't even be elected to dogcatcher...

“Most people are "C" students”

Since: Sep 07

Right here

#3 Nov 5, 2013
Frank wrote:
And now he is running for Sheriff in 2014!!!!!
Who told you that?

Or is this just another case of Mountain City Forum "I heard"?
Tammi

Newland, NC

#4 Nov 5, 2013
Jody is a fine man that should not have been fired over shooting a dangerous squirrel, it is a rodent. If it had been a person maybe that would be different. I guess he will be leaving here, I will miss him teaching Sunday school, he really knows the Bible and that is all that counts.

“Most people are "C" students”

Since: Sep 07

Right here

#5 Nov 5, 2013
Tammi wrote:
he really knows the Bible and that is all that counts.
Please, PLEASE, P-L-E-A-S-E tell me you don't vote and didn't/won't have children.

You make and peddle drugs? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".

You molest children? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".

You drive drunk? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".

You burn stuff that creates noxious/toxic fumes? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".

You abuse or dump dogs or other animals? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".

You beat up your spouse? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".

You steal from your employer, your clients, your neighbors? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".
worked with him

Elizabethton, TN

#7 Nov 5, 2013
Putnam at church?....Thats not true..and how can he teach sunday school when he doesnt attend church?...And if he is running for sheriff where does anyone think he is going?...
Tammi

Newland, NC

#8 Nov 5, 2013
I know him well wrote:
<quoted text>
Please, PLEASE, P-L-E-A-S-E tell me you don't vote and didn't/won't have children.
You make and peddle drugs? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".
You molest children? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".
You drive drunk? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".
You burn stuff that creates noxious/toxic fumes? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".
You abuse or dump dogs or other animals? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".
You beat up your spouse? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".
You steal from your employer, your clients, your neighbors? It doesn't count as long as you "know the Bible".
Gotcha Sucka, you're too easy.
Mazed

Johnson City, TN

#9 Nov 5, 2013
Could you explain that, Tammi?
Supporter

Gaffney, SC

#10 Nov 5, 2013
I think Jody will make a great sheriff people wanna criticize him for trying to protect the public. What if that squirrel would have had rabies and bit someone or several people that was there when this happened. You people need to open your eyes as do the city police station that fired Mr. Putnam that this great man was just doing his job and trying to protect the citizens of this town so you need to stop the criticizing
Tammi

Newland, NC

#12 Nov 6, 2013
Mazed wrote:
Could you explain that, Tammi?
The one that goes by “I know him well” is critical of most everything one posts to include their use of grammar, spelling or opinions. He often blasts people that make comments concerning religion especially ones that are a bit misguided as the one of mine he replied to. Yet, I have seen him defend posts that are critical of the Jewish faith. Makes me think he most likely was born a Jew but lost the faith. However, I could care less about him I just like to pull his chain once and awhile, been doing it for years.
Tammi

Newland, NC

#13 Nov 6, 2013
Supporter wrote:
I think Jody will make a great sheriff people wanna criticize him for trying to protect the public. What if that squirrel would have had rabies and bit someone or several people that was there when this happened. You people need to open your eyes as do the city police station that fired Mr. Putnam that this great man was just doing his job and trying to protect the citizens of this town so you need to stop the criticizing
Fearless Fosdick got what he deserved.
idiot

Jonesborough, TN

#14 Nov 6, 2013
Supporter wrote:
I think Jody will make a great sheriff people wanna criticize him for trying to protect the public. What if that squirrel would have had rabies and bit someone or several people that was there when this happened. You people need to open your eyes as do the city police station that fired Mr. Putnam that this great man was just doing his job and trying to protect the citizens of this town so you need to stop the criticizing
You're obviously as stupid as he is...
putnam

Anderson, SC

#15 Nov 6, 2013
Supporter wrote:
I think Jody will make a great sheriff people wanna criticize him for trying to protect the public. What if that squirrel would have had rabies and bit someone or several people that was there when this happened. You people need to open your eyes as do the city police station that fired Mr. Putnam that this great man was just doing his job and trying to protect the citizens of this town so you need to stop the criticizing
well... from what I know about rabies. doesn't the infected animal try and bite someone? considering the employees there tried to catch it to release it back outside but failed. Then they called for assistance. Only to have an officer show up and try and mace (with people inside an inclosed space) the squirrel, and then stomp on it and shoot it to death.
now, I do feel sorry for Putnam. don't blame the city for firing him. He showed a lack of good judgement, and that lack of judgement could have opened up a whole new can of worms. Like one of the many people that were inside the store when he tried to mace the squirrel. From what I read about the incident, they came out gagging and gasping for air. What if someone ended up having a heart attack from that? so many things could have gone wrong.
But my biggest concern is where the heck was the animal control officer? if they weren't on another call, they should have been there. if this person was on another call, the city might want to think about hiring one or more people to assist him.
IMHO the animal control officer should be in the hot seat much worse than Putnam.
ohwell

United States

#16 Nov 6, 2013
i agree...totally...heard the animal control man was hard to keep up with....wonder what he does all day..hmmmm
ohwell

United States

#17 Nov 6, 2013
maybe the county ought to keep up with where he's at and what he's doing.....
Stella

Johnson City, TN

#18 Nov 6, 2013
putnam wrote:
<quoted text>
IMHO the animal control officer should be in the hot seat much worse than Putnam.
The animal control officer was probably busy tanning a fox hide.

“Most people are "C" students”

Since: Sep 07

Right here

#19 Nov 6, 2013
ohwell wrote:
maybe the county ought to keep up with where he's at and what he's doing.....
Why? It's none of the county's business, since the county HAS NO animal control officer. The only animal control officer in this county is the one who works for the town of Mountain City.
Stella

Johnson City, TN

#20 Nov 6, 2013
worked with him wrote:
Putnam at church?....Thats not true..and how can he teach sunday school when he doesnt attend church?...And if he is running for sheriff where does anyone think he is going?...
Maybe Putnam would be happier out west...

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/11228...

“Most people are "C" students”

Since: Sep 07

Right here

#21 Nov 6, 2013
Stella wrote:
Maybe Putnam would be happier out west...
http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/11228...
Well, he'd sure feel at home. The writing and editing at that paper are as bad as they are at The Tomahawk.
bill lewis

Indian Trail, NC

#22 Nov 6, 2013
Animal control may have saved this cops job.like the rattle snakes they let out on doe mountain and if you killed one you got fined even if it's in your yard were your kids are playing because they was endangered and animal control would have to remove it from your yard.crazy is it not!

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