FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Cass County deputy was forced to shoot and kill a cow after responding to a crash scene.

The sheriff's office says a vehicle hit the cow on Interstate 94 about 3 a.m. Monday. While authorities were trying to determine ownership of the cow, the animal charged a deputy and knocked him to the ground. The deputy got to his feet and shot the cow when the animal started charging him again.

The deputy was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle that hit the cow was not hurt.