COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - A Columbus police officer was attacked by a coyote in east Columbus Thursday night, according to Columbus Police.
Officer James Tripp was assisting with traffic control at South Hamilton Road near I-70 when a coyote charged him and bit his right knee.
Tripp, a 32-year-veteran of Columbus Police, was able to mace the coyote and hit it as other officers came to help.
One of the officers Tasered the coyote and then it ran into the woods nearby. It continued to be unusually aggressive and police say an officer had to shoot it to death to prevent further attacks.
Animal control is reportedly testing the animal’s body to see if it had rabies or another disease that could account for its behavior.
Tripp was taken to a hospital for treatment.