Loose bull killed in Trumbull

TRUMBULL – A 500-pound bull was shot and killed Tuesday night after being on the loose in town for several hours and forcing a local school to hold its students for an extra 50 minutes out of concern for their safety.

The eight-month-old bull had escaped from a property in Monroe and Trumbull Deputy Police Chief Michael Harry said his department first received a report of the loose bovine at 11:36 a.m. The bull wandered through side streets and wooded areas along the Monroe Turnpike before stopping near Trefoil Drive in northern part of Trumbull.

Trumbull authorities tried to tranquilize the bull multiple times, but it ran away and remained at large for several hours. Searchers then became concerned that the bull could be a danger to students being dismissed from Tashua School on Stonehouse Road.

Police asked the school to hold its students until the bull was out of the area. Students are normally released at 3:15 p.m., but weren’t released from the school until 4:05 p.m. Tuesday.

Harry said the bull eventually wandered into a secluded area where it was shot and killed.  He said no one was hurt during the incident. It was not immediately clear whether the bull’s owner would face any charges for his animal’s escape.

Wes Duplantier