Teen Shoots Deer That Broke Into Home and Knocked Over Christmas Tree

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

A Maryland teen found more than just presents by his Christmas tree earlier this week.

Ryan Manchester, 17, was home eating a bowl of cereal at about 1:30 p.m. when he heard a loud commotion. He told The Washington Post it sounded like someone was breaking his door down with a sledgehammer. 

He peaked into his living room to discover an 8-point buck trashing his Christmas tree. 

Manchester called 911, which summoned animal control to the scene. He then called his father, John, who was at work to ask him where the keys to the gun safe were. 

“I had to convince him a little bit, but he gave them to me,” Manchester said.

Armed with a 9mm Smith & Wesson, Ryan Manchester called animal control, and learned they were 15 minutes away. That was a little long for him, so he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Manchester said he is not a hunter, but decided to bag his first buck right there in his living room before it destroyed his house.

“I went downstairs,” he said. “I had to follow it around a little bit and wait for it to calm down. And I shot it.”

Manchester then took photos with police, sent the head to a taxidermist for mounting and sent the rest of the animal to the butcher.

What would you have done in this situation?

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