Middletown police, on the hunt for a coyote that attacked a 5-year-old boy Monday night, shot and killed one coyote before dawn today and have spotted four others, the Asbury Park Press is reporting.

From the story:

Officer Christian Clark killed the female coyote around 4:15 a.m. this morning, said Township Administrator Robert M. Czech.

Clark used his sidearm, a 40 -caliber semiautomatic gun, to kill the animal between the Naval Weapons Station Earle fence and the Henry Hudson trail, about 500 feet west of the entrance to the Navy property, said Czech.

He said authorities believe it took about four shots before the animal stopped moving.

The coyote was turned over to a state game warden, and it will be tested for rabies, said Czech. But he said he did not know if officials would be able to determine if that coyote is the one responsible for either or both of the attacks on the children.

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