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Deer Murders Pennsylvania Motorcyclist

By Wyatt Earp | July 22, 2010

Inconceivable? Well, that depends upon your point of view. If you are a rational, free-thinking individual, the chances of a deer shooting a biker are pretty slim. However, if you are an investigator for the PA State Police, you probably believe that either the cyclist killed himself or the deer put a cap in his skull.

And yes, I wish I was kidding.

Do me a favor. Read this story slowly. Comprehend every word. Then tell me what is wrong with this picture?

CRABTREE, Pa. – Police believe a western Pennsylvania motorcyclist who struck a deer with his bike killed himself after the crash. State police say 47-year-old William Amos, of Export, likely died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Friday.

Amos’ body was discovered under his bike near a dead deer in the roadway in Crabtree, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh. Investigators initially suspected Amos died from injuries sustained in the crash, but they discovered a handgun and a bullet wound to the back of his head after lifting the bike off his body.

State police Tpr. Stephen Limani says investigators are still awaiting the results of gunpowder residue tests. (H/TRT)

So the rocket scientists at the Pennsylvania State Police think that Amos shot himself in the back of the head? Not bloody likely. What happens when they find a body with a noose around its neck and its arms and legs taped? Is that a suicide, too?

Topics: The Job | 16 Comments »

16 Responses to “Deer Murders Pennsylvania Motorcyclist”

  1. Ingineer66 Says:
    July 22nd, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    That is the first thing I thought when it said bullet wound in the back of the head. That is a pretty tricky shot.
    What else could have happened. Guy being chased crashes and then gets shot in back of head. Or guy being chased gets shot and then crashes. They had one of those come into the ER here. Came in as a car crash victim and they are checking him out and find a bullet hole in his shoulder. Guess the Paramedics missed that in the field and ambulance. After that it was determined he was shot from another car.

  2. Kim Says:
    July 22nd, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Deer are highly intelligent creatures. They can even read a calender and know that it is not November so they stand there going “neener, neener” in the middle of the road. Maybe this deer thought that the motorcyclist was going to shoot out of season and acted in self-defense?

  3. RT Says:
    July 22nd, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Especially if he was under his bike…hurt from the “run-in with the deer” (if it is true), how is he going to shoot himself in the back of the head. It would be a might bit hard to do with great flexibility and no other injuries. Maybe there is a cover-up? Hmmm….

    Did they check the deer for any gunshots? Did they try to see if the deer had been laying there, dead, long before the incident?

    Something is very smelly, and it ain’t roadkill. Well, technically…

  4. bob (either orr) Says:
    July 22nd, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Looks the deer was the setup for an old-time hit.

  5. Deer's Defense attorney at pre trial hearing Says:
    July 22nd, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Maybe it was an exit wound?

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 22nd, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Ingineer66 – I’m no detective (Heh), but there is no way this is a suicide. At least if the facts in the story are true.

    Kim – So that’s why they always know to cross the road at the Deer Crossing signs!

    RT – Maybe the deer was playing dead to lure the cyclist into his trap?

    Bob – Was the deer Italian?

    Deer’s Defense Attorney – Motion to acquit sustained! Next case!

  7. Ed Anger Says:
    July 22nd, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I was most impressed by how how he was able to hide the handgun under the bike after shooting himself in the back of his head.

  8. proof Says:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Buck shot.

  9. Beat And Release Says:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Worst I have hit so far is a turtle. Sliced him open with the sidestand when the front wheel tiddly-winked him into the air a bit.

    XL Forum once had some great shots of a Sportster and fella named Cantolina who got wiped out by a deer. He survived, his bike Sophie did not :( Pretty graphic shots of deer guts all over the mangled bike. I checked for the thread and it isn’t available any longer. I think it happened in 2005.

    As a forensic investigator for sixteen years I can’t say it is impossible to shoot yourself in the back of the head, but highly unlikely. This could be the one in a million, but I’m suspicious. I’d like to see the results of the GSR testing on the victim’s hands.

  10. Robert Says:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Well I have an investigative mind guys, let me lay out the details for ya:
    DB (Deceased Biker) was traveling at a high rate of speed when a deer leaped out into the road. At this point the biker swerved to miss the deer, he laid down his bike and was pissed. The deer looking at all the pretty sparks went to investgate…The biker got up and pointed a pistol at the deer, the deer charged the biker knocking him over and the gun lodged in the left nub of an antler, as he tried to run away (Seeing a gun in a deer’s hands will make a man run) the deer turned and hit the trigger on the handle bar of the bike striking the biker in the head….

    The deer is now a hero in the deer village.

    Don’t you cops know anything? this shit happens all the time in Baton Rouge and the Charlotte area…We already had the reports filled out all they needed was dates and names…

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Ed – Just a muscle spasm, nothing more. /snark

    Proof – It certainly did.

    Beat & Release – Wonder if they’ll release the findings?

    Robert – Well, I wouldn’t question the story if it happened in New Orleans!

  12. Robert B. Says:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Worst I’ve hit was a buzzard back in 1985. Topped a hill on my way to a job in Texas and my windshield was filled with wings. Nailed the bird squarely, shattered the glass, but luckily it did not come into my van. Looked in the mirror and saw a flopping mess in the road.

    One year later, again in Texas, I did the same thing in my pickup. A glacing hit on the bird, a couple on scratches on my truck, but the bird didn’t fare any better that time. For a while I took to honking the horn prior to topping hills in Texas.

    Glad these two birds weren’t armed… I might not be here commenting.

  13. metoo Says:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Sounds a bit fishy to me.

  14. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Robert B. – Bet that was a pain to clean up.

    MeToo – Or “deer-y.”

  15. AJ Lynch Says:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Are these real Troopers or PETA supporters?

  16. Jon Brooks Says:
    July 24th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Obviously the wildlife counter attack has begun. My take is that the deer shot the motorcyclist as he passed the bullet entering the back of his head. When he went onto the road to plant the gun another car with headlights on came down the road and as they do all to often…he froze.

    Opps gotta go, the Chief Inspector is calling.