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Baltimore cow running loose on city street shot by police officers

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BALTIMORE (WJLA/ABC/AP) - Baltimore police officers shot and killed a cow that had escaped from a city slaughterhouse along west Baltimore's North Avenue on Friday.

The owner of George Ruppersberger and Sons Wholesale Beef Veal and Lamb said the bull jumped two fences and a police car to escape.

The animal was videotaped and posted to Instagram by user @rawb_q as it trotted down the street away from the facility.

Police Sgt. Sarah Connolly said the animal was shot shortly after 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of Charles and Biddle streets in the city's Mount Vernon neighborhood.

Connolly said police had responded to the area after receiving calls from business owners concerned about the animal running loose on the streets. The neighborhood is home to numerous bars, restaurants and shops.

A statement issued by police commanders said the bull had become "increasingly aggressive" after it escaped and "officers made numerous attempts to trap it" before they opened fire.

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