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East Texas Deputy Injured After Cow Attack

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Cows stand in a field. (credit: FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

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BULLARD (AP) – An East Texas deputy who was directing traffic away from an injured stray cow is hospitalized in critical condition after being attacked by the half-ton animal.

Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith says Deputy Robert Britton of Tyler early Thursday responded to a call about a cow hit by a vehicle near Bullard, about 90 miles southeast of Dallas.

Smith told The Associated Press that the 54-year-old deputy was directing traffic on County Road 344 when the cow charged him. The sheriff says Britton was knocked into the air, landed on his head and “then the animal continued the assault.”

Other deputies rescued Britton. He was in critical condition in intensive care at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.

Smith says the cow has been put down. The owner is sought.

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