Public Safety Officer David Miller was on routine patrol, checking parking lots in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when he encountered a person sitting in a parked vehicle behind a Red Roof Inn, according to a news release from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
The man told the officer he had accidentally hit a deer with with his car on an outlying area roadway, and that he planned to use the meat from the deer to feed his family, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Michigan motorists who hit deer can request to keep the meat, but need to report the incident and acquire a state deer kill permit. Miller asked if he could inspect the deer to see if it had been properly tagged and accounted for, and the man agreed.
As Miller opened the trunk, the deer jumped out, and quickly made off for a nearby wooded area.