A Las Vegas police officer was forced to kill a male chimp after it escaped from its cage Thursday morning.
The male, along with a female chimp, sprang free from their residence and began rampaging throughout the neighborhood, slamming and climbing on top of cars.
Witnesses began to gather (mistake number one) outside to watch the chimps as others were stuck inside their cars.
Vegas police responded and tried to set up a perimeter for animal control, even using Twitter to alert residents to stay in their homes.
Unfortunately, the 150 pound male made a beeline towards a mass of people, and the officer took him out with a shotgun.
Officer Marcus Martin, spokesman for the police, said the following:
We have an exotic animals policy. It's to treat them as humanely as we can.
But immediately you recall the woman who has no face because of a chimp. The officer knew they were dangerous animals and he was the last line of defense with citizens behind him.
The officer is referring to Charla Nash, a woman mauled by a chimp in Connecticut.
The female was shot with a tranquilizer gun and ran around for a few minutes before being shot with a second dart.
[Image via AP Images.]
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