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Deer crashes through store window

December 14, 1997

Deer crashes through store window

By BRENDAN KIRBY

Staff Writer

A spooked deer dived through the glass door of a Hagerstown repair shop on Sunday afternoon and then bolted back out after police spotted it.

The deer, which was bleeding from its leg, scampered across Frederick Street, hopped over a truck parked along the side of the road, leapt a fence and then disappeared from view.

Allen Stone, manager of Frederick Street Automotive Inc., said he happened to be driving on Frederick Street at about 3:45 p.m. when he saw squad cars parked near his business. He said he did not think much of it until he saw his shattered door.

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The deer did not damage any of the vehicles or equipment in the shop, although it left a trail of blood throughout the building.

"I don't think it hurt anything. It just made a hell of a mess," Stone said.

Hagerstown City Police Officer Joe Zimmerer said he and another officer went inside the building when police received reports of a deer crashing through the door. He said a passing car may have spooked the deer.

Once inside, Zimmerer said he and his partner saw the deer run toward the back of the garage. It tried to jump out the back window, but the window was too high, he said.

Then the deer charged back out the same way it came.

Zimmerer said police see deer roaming city streets as often as once or twice a week. "We see them all the time," he said.

However, he said he cannot remember the last time one ran inside a building.

Zimmerer said police will try to coax a deer out of a building. If it is badly hurt, they will shoot it, he said.

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