Officers Shoot, Kill "Aggressive" Javelina Near Burleson Elementary

Officers Shoot, Kill "Aggressive" Javelina Near Burleson Elementary

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - A police chase broke out Wednesday evening on Golder Avenue, near 38th street, and ended when officers shot and killed the suspect.

The incident was anything but a typical pursuit.

The now deceased subject was a javelina, officials said, a hoofed mammal belonging to the peccary family known to bite, growl or charge when provoked.

"The javelina was acting in an aggressive manner," Odessa Police spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur said. "There were children in the area and they've been known to attack dogs. The decision was quickly made to kill the javelina."

Animal Control was first alerted about the pig-like animal Wednesday morning by a witness who reportedly spotted it lurking across the street from Burleson Elementary School, officials said.

Officers were dispatched to the area of Golder Avenue and 38th Street, failed to locate the javelina and later returned around 5 p.m. when another call came in about the neighborhood intruder.

According to LeSueur, the animal had somehow found its way into a fenced backyard on Golder Avenue, across the street from Burleson Elementary.

"Odessa Animal Control surrounded the javelina, but it broke through the fence and ran northbound to the area of 42nd and Golder," he told NewsWest 9. "Odessa Animal Control shot the javelina four times with a tranquilizer, but it had no effect on the wild animal."

Animal Control personnel continued pursuing the javelina and contacted police for assistance, LeSueur said.

A patrol officer was immediately dispatched to the scene and shot the javelina, killing it.

"It's crazy this happened here," said Golder Avenue resident Robert Flores. "I'm happy [the patrol officer] shot it... I know if it was up to me, I would've killed it [to ensure] safety for my kids and for my family and for everybody else, especially the kids at school."

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), javelinas have the "capability of committing aggravated assault on a human being" and have canine teeth "very well developed for cutting and slashing."

However, the animals typically do not attack people unless provoked or cornered, TPWD officials added.