Friday, January 17, 2020 2:28 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say police shot and killed a coyote after it bit an Ohio officer who had stopped to assist a stranded motorist. Sgt. James Fuqua is a spokesman for the Columbus Division of Police. He says the coyote first tried to attack a state road worker Thursday evening and then bit the officer when he tried to intervene. The officer had stopped to help a motorist on an I-70 exit ramp in Columbus. Fuqau says the officer punched the coyote and called for backup. Responding officers tried unsuccessfully to use a stun gun on the coyote before shooting it.