In Kalamazoo Michigan, Police officer David Miller was on routine patrol in at 2:20 a.m. when he saw a person sitting inside a vehicle parked behind a hotel. The man, a local resident, told Miller he had struck the deer accidentally on a nearby roadway and had planned to use the meat to feed his family.

The deer, as Miller discovered when he opened the trunk to inspect the animal, had other plans, and ultimately disappeared into the nearby woods.

The department in an official press release stated:  “Officers often are encountering unique situations. It was a fun story, to maybe get a smile on people’s faces for a change.”