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Local police chief dispatches 12-year-old son to apprehend "mean" rooster

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Officer Payne and Jackson Geriets, with rooster Officer Payne and Jackson Geriets, with rooster
HEYWORTH, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

A local police chief sent out a real chicken expert to catch a mean, trespassing rooster - his 12-year-old son.

In a Facebook post, Heyworth Police Chief Mike Geriets said he received a call from Officer Payne about a rooster in a garage near the elementary school. The officer wasn't sure how to chase off the feathered intruder.

The chief also didn't know what to do about the rooster, so he called in his son, Jackson, who lives with 20 chickens at his mom's house.

"I asked him if he could help the police out with this situation and he didn’t hesitate, threw his shoes on and he was off to his first official police dispatch!" said Chief Geriets.

The younger Geriets picked up the rooster, brought him to the police vehicle, and rode with him in his lap as they returned the rooster to a grateful owner.

"The owner also advised that the rooster is very mean. We would have never known that because Jackson was talking calmly to it while petting the rooster the entire time as if it was a pet cat or dog. I’m looking back at his 3 inch talons saying, don’t let go!" said the chief.

Heyworth is about 20 minutes south of Bloomington.

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