UPDATE: Man killed by deer
POSTED: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 5:58pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 5:59pm
From Harrison County Sheriff's Office
WASKOM, TX --- Harrison County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call for assistance to FM 9 South in Waskom regarding an attack on a person by a red stag deer. The caller stated that Gerald Rushton, W/M/ 67, had been trampled and gored in a pen where he was keeping the wild animal. The deceased person had kept several wild animals in pens behind his residence in an attempt to domesticate them as pets. Along with this deer were other types of deer including Axis deer. The European red stag deer had a large rack of horns and apparently pinned Mr. Rushton against the fenced and then gored him as well as trampled him when he fell to the ground. The deer had to be shot prior to deputies and TPWD game wardens entering the pen to remove Mr. Rushton because of the aggressive nature of the animal. He was pronounced deceased at the residence by Judge Hugh Taylor shortly after noon. Harrison County Sheriff's Office and TPWD game wardens strongly advise citizens to never attempt to domesticate any wild animal.