LITTLETON -- An unidentified 74-year-old man was gored by a bull at a livestock market on Great Road in Littleton Sunday afternoon, and police say the bull attempted to attack other people before a police officer put it down with a single gunshot.

Emergency crews were called to the Flame Livestock Market at 699 Great Road at 2:53 p.m., and found the 74-year-old suffering from what was described as a non life-threatening gore wound and other injuries.

That man was taken to Emerson Hospital.

Police were on scene quickly since the police station is only two miles away, and an unidentified officer arrived in time to prevent the bull from attacking other people, according to police Chief Matthew King.

"The bull decided to try to attack more people but the officer was able to put it down," King said.

King said the officer fired only one shot. That officer will have to file a use of force report to explain his actions, but King said no further investigation would be required.

"Nobody likes to do it, whether it's an animal or anything," King said of the decision to shoot. "But sometimes, unfortunately, it's necessary."

No one else was injured.

No one answered calls to the Flame Livestock Market, which typically holds auctions on Tuesday, according to internet postings. The company does not appear to have its own website, and first responders could not immediately say what type of work was being done there on Sunday.


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The livestock market is one of the few in this region.

A firefighter who did not want to be identified praised the work police did to keep others safe while other first responders tended to the 74-year-old.

"It was a great effort by the police department," that firefighter said. "They did a nice job of keeping the scene safe."

Additional information was not immediately available.

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