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Charging Cow Leaves Deputy in Critical Condition

Charging Cow Leaves Deputy in Critical Condition

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The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

March 25, 2011

BULLARD, TX – An East Texas deputy who was directing traffic away from an injured stray cow is hospitalized in critical condition after being attacked by the half-ton animal.

Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith says Deputy Robert Britton of Tyler early Thursday responded to a call about a cow hit by a vehicle near Bullard, about 90 miles southeast of Dallas.

Smith told The Associated Press that the 54-year-old deputy was directing traffic on County Road 344 when the cow charged him. The sheriff says Britton was knocked into the air, landed on his head and “then the animal continued the assault.”

Other deputies rescued Britton. He was in critical condition in intensive care at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.

Smith says the cow has been put down. The owner is sought.


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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Did ya'll know that here in Texas, it is still written into the law that on County Roads and Farm To Market (FM) Roads animals still have the right of way. State, US, and Interstate Highways do not apply. The only way the owner can be held responsible for cattle on County and Farm to Market roads is if there is a repeat occurrance of the animal getting out. On another note, the night before this happened, another Smith Co. Deputy was shot in the chest. He's ok, hit his vest!

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14618 Comments

    Prayers gp out to you Officer Britton. Freak accident to say the least.

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    Essen07

    over 3 years ago

    44 Comments

    God Speed Britton, I'm praying for you and will be happy to greet you with a friendly face when you wake up.

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    lajustice

    over 3 years ago

    1178 Comments

    In my prayers

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11190 Comments

    Best wishes for a complete and quick recovery, Deputy Britton.

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    darsavmo

    over 3 years ago

    11354 Comments

    Hope he has a speedy and full recovery.

    I know of a deputy in Montana who was killed in a similar incident several years back. Have had a lot more respect for rural deputies and the work they do ever since...

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    GodblessTexas

    over 3 years ago

    156 Comments

    MN_Mapuche, they shot the cow, Smith county is the next county over from where I work, I heard it on the radio, they put the cow down cause of the injuries it was causing

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    GodblessTexas

    over 3 years ago

    156 Comments

    working in a rural county, I can't count how many times we have loose live stock in the roadway, most recenlty a fatality where someone hit a horse in the roadway. This has got to stop!

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    ajsdaddyBPD

    over 3 years ago

    3078 Comments

    DonnaLynn.......agreed. Cows are about the stupidest animals on the planet too. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

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    jims4

    over 3 years ago

    2610 Comments

    Get Well Soon Deputy Britton and back out there doing what you do best, keeping us all safe from evil.

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    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10588 Comments

    Full and speedy recovery to the deputy. Hate those loose livestock calls.

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    Rscheiterle

    over 3 years ago

    1822 Comments

    Prayers for a speedy and full recovery. I agree the Deputy should be invited to the BBQ for the critter.

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Best wishes for a full recovery to the deputy. After the deputy gets home, it would be time to have a BBQ, hope they saved the cow.

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    dolphinblue

    over 3 years ago

    42974 Comments

    Praying for a speedy recovery.

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    Kinder_mapp

    over 3 years ago

    4160 Comments

    Well I would say he had his 8 second ride. This is so sad that you try do be nice and the dam thing tries to maul you. Speedy recovery.

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