FARMINGTON, Minn. - It's hard to blame anyone for trying to calm the storm that was a bull on the loose at the Dakota County Fair.
Split second decisions were made and mistakes might have been made as well.
"Once you get someone that isn't familiar with that into the mix, even though they are trying to do the right thing, they are really just making it worse," Hamel Rodeo Operations Manager Shorty Dorweiler said of the events he saw unfold on video after the bull broke free Wednesday night.
Dorweiler has been around bulls since he was 12 years-old, and he now runs the Rodeo in Hamel.
He says rule number one is always expect the unexpected.
"Being prepared for it to happen. Emergency preparedness and having the right people in the right place knowing what they should and more importantly shouldn't do," Dorweiler said is his plan for when things like loose bulls happen.
The owner of the company in charge of the bull that broke free last night in Farmington, Dave Rice, agreed with that sentiment.
Rice said Thursday that people running to catch his bull made that bull run even harder and get even more mad.
The Dakota County Deputy who met the bull with a gun did what he thought he should do.
"It was the only tool I had that would make a difference, it was the only thing I could do," Deputy Matt Regis said of his decision to fire two rounds into the bull as it was literally ramming him.
Those rounds didn't stop the bull either.
The bull just kept going and kept being chased by other people and law enforcement.
"Chasing him with a 4-wheeler and a bunch of people running after them that just going to make it worse, because natural instinct he is gonna run," Dorweiler said.
Dorweiler says at his rodeo he has his bull roping experts next to the pens, always, to rope them back if they break loose.
Moving forward Rice says they will do the same and begin having conversations before the shows ever take place with local law enforcement about what to do if a bull does happen to break loose so everyone is on the same page.
That is something Dorweiler says he does with his staff and Hamel Police as well.
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