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Humane officer under fire for shooting baby raccoon in front of kids

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A North Ridgeville Humane Officer is being accused of shooting a baby raccoon in front of children. A North Ridgeville Humane Officer is being accused of shooting a baby raccoon in front of children.
NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH (WOIO) -

It's not the first time North Ridgeville Humane Officer Barry Accorti has been scrutinized for shooting animals when kids looking on were an issue.
 
A Root Road woman claims Accorti shot a baby raccoon, twice, in a trap on Monday in front of three children, one of them her son.
 
Happened a day shy of the one year anniversary of when Accorti shot 5 stray kittens.  Protestors then said he did it in front of children.
 
Then, and now, Accorti maintains it was not in front of kids.
 
"It scared me when I heard it," said eight-year-old Zander Poling.
 
Poling's grandmother, Pat Smirnoff, says it was a no win situation when she had to call police to trap and dispose of the raccoon.
 
"I have no way of knowing if they're diseased or not and I have grand kid. I didn't want them getting bitten so I wanted those raccoons taken care of," said Smirnoff. 
 
Jenny Roberts who lives next door, says, "That's fine, but the person who shot him could have asked the kids to leave the premises. The raccoon was shot in front of my son. Why not take it somewhere else? Just not in front of children. We have a world that is nothing but guns anymore. My nephew was murdered so we have been dealing with gun issues in our house."
 
North Ridgeville Police Chief Michael Freeman says Accorti, a former swat team commander, followed the law. 
 
Accorti told the Chief the raccoon was not shot near any children.

"This is a nonsense, non story. No laws were broken," Chief Freeman said. He declined an interview. 
 
But Chopper, Roberts' son, who was playing there that day says "He (Accorti) looked at me then turned around and shot it".
 
Roberts went on to say, "He knew they were present and didn't make an effort to go out of his way and not do that in front of my son."

Roberts said another baby raccoon has been caught, caged and removed from the same yard since this raccoon shooting incident, instead of being shot on sight.

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