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Cop shoots at snake, kills boy, 5

In a tragic turn of events, a Noble, Oklahoma police officer ended up shooting and killing a five-year-old boy after he was called to the scene of a snake in a tree.

The boy was fishing with his grandfather when the grandfather heard a shot and saw something hit the water just a few feet in front of the boat dock where he was standing.

Moments later, a second shot hit the boy in the head. The boy was pronounced dead at an Oklahoma City hospital, about 25 miles north of Noble.

A Noble police officer who had responded to a report of a snake in a tree apparently fired the deadly shot while trying to kill the snake on Friday, City Manager Bob Wade said. The snake was a harmless black rat snake, a Norman animal control officer said Tuesday. 

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