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MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) - Jody Putnam, now a former Mountain City police officer, was on duty when Dollar General needed help with a squirrel in their building.

According to police department records, Putnam fired his gun inside the store.

But that didn't work, so he tried another weapon.

And the mace affected more than just the squirrel.

"There was a lot of people that come out and just like me they came out and they were coughing and a hacking," Carl Duffield, the property owner, said. "It was comical, but I'm sure they didn't feel that way, the customers that came out."

Neither did the town of Mountain City and its police department.

According to the policy and procedures for the department, whenever an officer fires his gun he must immediately report it to a supervisor, then make a written statement.

Putnam refused to make a report.

"Through a violation of the police department policy, Officer Jody Putnam's employment as a Mountain City police officer was terminated by the board of mayor and alderman," Mayor Lawrence Keeble said.

Putnam was fired October 2.

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