It was completely routine for Officer David Miller with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety in Michigan to question what seemed to be a suspicious person sitting in his car alone in a parking lot behind a hotel after 2 a.m. But the events that transpired afterward were unlike those the officer sees on a regular basis.
According to WOOD TV, the officer and vehicle owner had a brief conversation in the early Tuesday morning hours where he admitted he had hit a deer and stowed it in the trunk of the car. He was going to process the deer for meat.
Popping the trunk for the officer to see, since the deer would need to be properly tagged even if killed by accident, both men were surprised when the deer thought to be dead sprang out.
Officers and the car owner were stunned when the "dead" deer hopped out of the trunk. (Image: WOOD TV screenshot)
"Oh, he' still alive," Miller said, according to WOOD.
The scene was even caught on the officer's dashcam. See the footage in WXMI's report:
KDPS Lt. Stacey Geik said the deer stumbled a bit and then ran to the nearby woods. It did not appear to be physically harmed, which lead Geik to think the car accident might have just stunned it.
"You just never know what you're going to encounter," said Geik. "You never know. There could be worse things in trunks."