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Bull Attack

Posted on 28th June 2010 at 07:54

A 38 year-old man is reported to be in serious condition after being attacked by a bull in a field off of Highway 30 east of St. Helens; authorities also say that an Oregon State Patrol Trooper and a Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed the animal. Trooper Justin Oxenrider says that he was patrolling near Warren when he was flagged over by some people that reported the bull attack, taking place at a farm on Millard Road. Oxenrider says that he arrived at the farm, and saw the bull in a fenced field, standing over a man on the ground. Deputy Dave Peabody also arrived on the scene, armed with an AR-15 rifle. The two officers moved to a spot about 40 yards from the bull, and were working on a plan of action when the bull suddenly tossed the injured man into the air, flinging him 10 to 15 feet. Oxenrider and Peabody shot the bull several times, causing it to move away. The victim, eventually identified as Homero Cortez Ortega, 38, of St. Helens, remained on the ground with several open wounds to his abdomen. A reserve deputy who also works as a firefighter arrived and started providing first aid. Oxenrider, Peabody and another unidentified man then shot and killed the bull. The victim was taken by LifeFlight to Oregon Health and Science University, and is still listed in serious condition this morning.