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ALVARADO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Police have shot and killed a bull after the animal ran across Interstate-35 in North Texas, trampled two men and threatened other members of the public.

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Alvarado police on Thursday said officers shot the bull because it posed a deadly threat.

Police in Alvarado, about 20 miles south of Fort Worth, responded to calls Wednesday afternoon about a fully grown bull on the loose. Officers arrived to see the bull charging at people and objects along an I-35 frontage road, then crossing the busy highway several times. The average speed limit on the roadway is 70 mph.

After believing they had the bull contained in area along the highway but the animal was able to jump over the enclosure.  and then ran towards the main lanes of southbound IH35W. Additional officers were requested to respond and get the highway shutdown.

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Police managed to shotdown the highway, but the bull then ran towards Business I-35W, an area with serval business, a restaurant , a residential neighborhood, and a school. The bull then charged and trampled two men at an auto parts store. Both victims required hospital treatment.

Seeing that the animal posed what police called “a lethal threat to the public” officers shot and killed the bull. Even after firing five rounds the bull turned and ran back on to I-35. Officers fired two additional shots to take the animal down and ensure it wasn’t suffering.

Authorities didn’t immediately say who owns the bull or how it got loose.

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