A vandalism incident turned deadly on an otherwise quiet Sunday in Norwalk.
Diners entering Berry's Restaurant around noon called Roger Endsley, owner of Hill's Interiors, when they saw the pair of marauders leap through the front plate-glass windows on West Main Street.
They were two deer.
The men boarding up the windows told Joyce Drake of Hill's that it isn't so unusual for a spooked deer to jump through a large window like that. They see their reflection and think it's other deer.
The deer were found in the basement of Hill's. But they didn't destroy anything beyond the window. As far as vandals go, they were "very nice," Drake said.
Police officers opened the back door and the deer ran out. And the incident ended peacefully or so it seemed.
Shortly thereafter police received a report that someone had hit a deer on Whittlesey. When officers arrived, the deer was up and making a run for it out of the frying pan and into the fire, as it turned out. The animal took off for the police department where it made an ill-advised attempt to enter through a glass door. This glass, however, did not break.
Changing tactics, the deer made for the seemingly safe haven of a North Hester Street garage. Having cornered the animal, officers observed it was a little worse for wear with large gashes on its face and legs. It was mercy dispatched with two rounds from the animal control rifle.
The story does not end sadly, however Jeremy Montoney of Willard got free, prime deer meat out of season.