Constable Mark Smith could probably be forgiven for his tentative handling of this suspect.
You see, the Calgary Police Service officer ended up in the middle of a brawl between a porcupine and a dog. And in the course of he, he ended up with a mug full of bear spray.
“Neighbours dogs spiked, extensive battle to get it out of our gardens, keeps trying to return, bearspray deployed & wind directs back in my face 😵,” he posted on Twitter Tuesday night.
The fight did eventually end with the cantankerous critter packed away in a plastic bin.
But not for long.
“Mr Porcupine relocated,” wrote Const. Smith, who posted a video of the bad guy’s release.
I was in a #yyc fight tonight 🤕
Not against the criminal variety but versus Mr Porcupine 🦔
Neighbours dogs spiked, extensive battle to get it out of our gardens, keeps trying to return, bearspray deployed & wind directs back in my face 😵
— Cst. Mark Smith (@CstSmith) July 24, 2019
Not everyone is a fan of the large rodents.
But this porcupine did have some supporters.
That porcupine is innocent, sir, until proven guilty in a court of law. I am his lawyer and I call this tweet a charade.
— Kim Kim (@AnxietyFriesKim) July 24, 2019