Mountain lion killed after charging at officers

Posted at: 07/25/2013 11:06 AM
Updated at: 07/25/2013 8:58 PM
By: Lauren Hansard and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4



Police shot and killed a mountain lion spotted near a Roswell elementary school.
Police shot and killed a mountain lion spotted near a Roswell elementary school.
Photo: Courtesy: Jacob Rodriguez

The Roswell Police Department issued more information about the shooting of a mountain lion near Pecos Elementary School on Wednesday night.

RPD dispatched an officer to the area of Southeast Main and Chisum Street on reports of a mountain lion walking near the school.

The officer located the cat, but lost it when the feline jumped over a fence.

Additional officers and a Chavez County Sheriff's deputy arrived at the scene and relocated the mountain lion. According to Roswell police, the animal took an aggressive stance and charged at law enforcement. That's when the large cat was shot and killed.

New Mexico Game and Fish responded to recover the body.

The mountain lion was not from the Spring River Park & Zoo, according to Roswell police.