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Longview police officer hospitalized after being run over by cow

Longview police officer hospitalized after being run over by cow

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A cow that escaped the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds Tuesday runs down the center of Ocean Beach Highway in the afternoon.

A Longview patrol officer was taken to the hospital Tuesday after an angry cow ran over him.

The cow escaped from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds at about 3:30 p.m. and took itself for a walk through Longview. At one point, the cow was in the slough near Pacific Way and Pershing Way, said Mike Berndt, patrol officer with Longview Police Department.

Berndt said the cow became frightened and eventually angry. The farm animal, which Berndt estimated weighed about 800 pounds, charged out of the slough and ran over one of the officers. Berndt said the officer suffered a leg injury.

At that point, Berndt said the cow took off running. During the hour-long frenzy, it also ran over its owner, dented several Longview patrol vehicles and ran into two civilian cars.

“Couldn’t control the animal,” Berndt said.

Berndt added he doesn’t believe any pedestrians were injured.

The cow eventually was tasered, at which point it slowed. It stood in a yard near the 2500 block of Northlake Avenue, where officers killed it with a shotgun.

“The owner said because it charged him, it’s now an angry cow,” he said. “He recommended it be put down because it’s a danger to everybody.”

The owner of the cow is a juvenile, so law enforcement officials are not releasing his name. The cow itself did not have a name.

Contact Daily News reporter Sarah Grothjan at 360-577-2541; on Twitter at @SarahGrothjan.


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