1 chimp dead, 1 tranquilized after escaping Vegas home
Metro officers and officials investigate the scene where an escaped male chimpanzee was shot and killed by a Metro officer, seen below the blue tent, on Ann Road just east of Jones Boulevard in North Las Vegas on Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP / Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jessica Ebelhar)
Published Thursday, July 12, 2012 4:16PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:29PM EDT
LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas police say they had no choice but to kill one chimpanzee and tranquilize another after the agitated animals escaped a home and headed toward families in a neighbourhood.
Officer Marcus Martin told KLAS-TV that a caller reported a chimp atop a vehicle and another caller reported a primate banging on a police car after the escape was reported about 10 a.m. Thursday.
Martin said the chimps were very large and estimated they weighed 170 pounds (77 kilograms) or more.
Police sent out tweets calling the animal dangerous and urging residents to stay inside their cars or homes.
By noon, the chimps were both stopped. Video showed one of the animals lying face down in the middle of in a road surrounded by animal control and police cars.