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Only On NBC15: Shots Fired On School Property

By: Barclay Pollak
By: Barclay Pollak

UPDATED: Friday, February 8, 2013--6p.m.
We first told you last night about the shooting of an escaped hog from the Johnson Sausage Shop in Rio. The hog had fled to a nearby school's playground, where it was shot by a store employee.

Today we spoke with Rio's president.
He said he hadn't heard about the incident until now, but said they'll address any similar incidents in the future, differently. "I've spoken with the chief of police in Rio and also the owner of Johnson Sausage Shop... and we are all of the understanding now that in the case of a future animal breakout from Johnson Sausage the protocol for the employees of Johnson Sausage Shop will be to contact the police," said James Olrick, the president of the village of Rio. "....Then the police will deal with it from then."

Olrick said no one from the village has contacted him about the incident, which happened in early December.

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Posted Thursday February 7, 2013 --- 6:00 p.m.

December 4th 2012 a 200-to-300 pound hog escapes from the Johnson Sausage Shoppe and on to the Rio Elementary School's playground.

Sometime after recess the hog was shot on school property by a store employee.

" There were some kids that were concerned or upset because they heard the gun. Then they did go outside the next recess and there was the blood stain on the playground. "

The details of the incident were given to us by the District's Superintendent Mark McGuire and law enforcement officials. That's because no official report was ever filed, no legal action was taken and according to police they weren't notified until well after the incident.

" The way I looked at is they were trying to end the situation as safely as possible."

Police Chief Jeff Becker did eventually speak with the owner of the shop Chris Johnson. He says he's also spoken with some concerned parents and explained to them why no action was taken and why the firearm in question, a.22 caliber riffle, wasn't investigated.

" That's where discretion comes in and we have decided not to pursue that. "

Chief Becker says the weapon was not fired in the direction of the school. NBC15 did stop by the store to get their side of the story but they declined to comment.

The police chief is asking the store's owner dial 911 if a similar incident occurs.


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