BILLINGS, Mont. (CBS Seattle) — A man was tossed in the air by a runaway cow when he was trying to help police corral it.
According to the Billings Gazette, Morgan Logan, 52, was taken to St. Vincent Healthcare with broken bones in his left leg and sore ribs.
“I’ve been around livestock my whole life, so at first sight I thought it was pretty funny seeing cops chase a cow down the street,” Logan told the paper. Witnesses told The Associated Press that the cow charged at him “like a bull at a rodeo.”
“I couldn’t believe how fast she came out from under the tree,” Logan told the Gazette. “I guess I saw her too late because the next thing I knew I was in the air. I had no fence to climb – she caught me right in the open.”
Authorities say that before Logan came face to face with the cow it had already tipped over a bicyclist, charged pedestrians, and nearly jumped over a police vehicle.
“It’s not like we are out in the pasture,” Billings Police Lt. Kevin Iffland told The Associated Press. “This was a totally different scenario of asphalt and a lot of traffic. We are not equipped to wrangle large animals in a city environment.”
Police shot the cow in the heart about two hours after it escaped the Public Auction Yards.
“There were a lot of factors that were considered that went into this as well – backgrounds and angles,” Iffland added, “and whether to shoot in the head or heart. We were certainly concerned with the most humane way and the safest way.”
Bob Cook, manager of the auction yard, said the cow was “on the fight” as soon as it came off the truck.
The cow’s carcass was taken to the city landfill.