COLUMBIA — A 1,300-pound Angus steer jumped a fence at the MU Abattoir, or slaughterhouse, Tuesday morning and injured one man.
The steer ran over a man inside the University Avenue parking garage, according to MU police Capt. Brian Weimer. The man sustained a head injury, and he is hospitalized at University Hospital. His condition was not available as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The animal ran loose for about 90 minutes after escaping from the abattoir at East Campus Drive and Rollins Street. A witness reported seeing the steer running across lawns on Rosemary Lane at 9:10 a.m.
MU police officers pursued the animal for about an hour with assistance from the Columbia Police Department, animal control and Dusty Nagy, an assistant professor with the College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Angus steer was shot three times and killed by an MU police officer just after 10 a.m. in the backyard of a house at 1502 Anthony St., Weimer said.
Officers had initially attempted to tranquilize the steer, Weimer said. But after the steer injured the man, the primary concern was stopping it before someone else got hurt.
No information will be released on the injured man until his family has been contacted. He was injured just inside the Paquin Street entrance to the parking garage.
The house's owner, Clara Pike, 94, said she was startled by the sound of shots and looked outside to see the steer. The process of removing the dead steer from Pike's backyard began at 10:30 a.m.
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