A man was dragging a dead raccoon down the street. He was planning on using it for bait in his crab trap. That was until another man mistook the coon for a dog. The men got into a confrontation over it and it quickly got out of hand and police say the suspect ran the man over and shot him in the leg.
According to WKTR CBS Channel 3 News, The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for the perpetrator. Surveillance video captured the truck, which is a Ford extended cab built between 1992 and 1997 with a dark colored canopy. There was a white dog in the cab.
Jake Schley, a Mason County man who is friendly with the victim, took cell phone video of a conversation he had with the victim as he was dragging the raccoon down the road prior to the shooting.
Schley described the victim as a peaceful man, and started a fundraiser to help pay for his medical treatment.
“He is a free spirit and lives off the land,” Schley told KCPQ-TV. “I am jealous of the life he lives, with not a care in the world and a smile on his face and love in his heart. He is truly a great person.”
Several people called 911 to report the man was dragging the animal down the road. Mason County sheriff’s deputies responded, and the man said he was broke and planned to use a dead raccoon he’d found in a creek as bait in his crab pot.
Deputies said that was legal, and offered to give the man a ride. He said he’d only accept the ride if he could bring the raccoon, but the deputies declined because the animal had been dead for some time and smelled bad.
A 911 call obtained by KCPQ describes the scene of the shooting.
“He’s aiming a gun … at the guy dragging the raccoon,” the caller reported. “Now the guy’s swinging the raccoon around.”
The victim has been released from the hospital.
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