Deer in tree lights: Teen shoots buck dead after it storms Christmas tree (VIDEO)
Ryan Manchester, 17, fatally shot the buck after he called 911 for assistance, but felt that his dilemma was not being taken seriously by the emergency services.
“I told them what was happening and they didn’t really seem to have any urgency,” Manchester told The Frederick News Post.
“I don’t think they knew how much damage it was doing. So I asked them if I should shoot it. They didn’t tell me to shoot it. But they didn’t tell me not to shoot it. So I was like, ‘I’m probably gonna shoot it."
Manchester also called animal control and was told that officers were 15 minutes away. “That was a little long for me,” he said.
So today a deer broke into my house. After calling 911 I shot it twice in home defense, once in the head once in the chest. pic.twitter.com/ecCCCZg993— Ryan Manchester (@98rmanchester) December 5, 2016
The high school student discovered the four-legged intruder after hearing a loud banging noise in a room downstairs.
A chase ensued before he could get a good shot at the deer, hitting it once in the head and once in the shoulder.
Manchester said that the deer already had blood on it from injuries sustained in its rampage.
A video of the incident taken by Manchester shows the deer stamping about behind the Christmas tree, causing it to sway before eventually toppling over.
One theory as to why the deer had targeted the house is that the buck was potentially following the scent of a doe who had urinated on the tree, and was seeking out his mate.
While some people criticized the teenager for his actions online, Manchester said he was justified in shooting the deer.
“It caused a lot of damage. I know people will judge me for it, but I don’t care. If it happens to them, they don’t have to shoot it. But after it did all that, it wasn’t leaving alive,” he said.
You called 911 because a deer broke in your house? And then you killed it, while the cops were on the way? You showed him! 🤔🙄💀 https://t.co/nyrFYx7Zea— Red (@GanttBaittxD) December 17, 2016
Manchester said police had no issue with the killing and even took a picture of him with the antlers. He was also issued a tag for the kill by the Department of Natural Resources.
The buck’s head has been sent to a taxidermist for mounting, while the remainder of the slain animal has been delivered to a butcher.