ELKHART — Police fired two shots at the Dometic facility on Industrial Parkway in Elkhart, when a couple of deer broke in through a glass window about 7 p.m. Tuesday.
One deer had escaped when four officers from the Elkhart City Police Department arrived.
The one still inside the offices was very disoriented, according to Sergeant Travis Snider, who said the officers made the decision to shoot the animal, as it was bleeding badly and had substantial injuries.
An officer shot two buckshot rounds; the second to ensure that the deer was dead. Police said that since the incident was after normal business hours, the number of people in the offices was limited, making it easier to safely take down the deer. Snider said that the officer fired buckshots, as they do not have penetration or maintain the velocity of a rifle shot, which would have been unnecessary and less safe.
The deer that escaped has yet to be located, though police did search for it Tuesday evening. Snider said that the amount of blood where the deer had broken in suggested that both animals were severely injured. He said that if anyone comes in contact with the injured deer, or any other injured animal, they should contact law enforcement.
Snider said deer entering buildings is not too uncommon, citing three local incidents in recent years, including a deer that entered a church and one that went into the post office in downtown Elkhart.
Dometic has not yet responded to enquiries about what damage was made by the deer.