12/27/06 — Deer crashes into William Street store

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Deer crashes into William Street store

By Lee Williams
Published in News on December 27, 2006 1:53 PM

A deer charged through a glass door at Dillon Supply Co. on North William Street about 8 a.m. this morning, splattering blood in the showroom and frightening employees.

"She came through here and she went straight for the manager's office," said David Earl Williams, assistant manager, while pointing to the blood stained walls.

The deer's random appearance caused pandemonium in the sprawling facility that sells industrial supplies and steel, prompting some employees to jump on top of their desks or retreat to their vehicles until the animal was out of sight.

Williams said he was all set to retire after 41 years of service Friday. But when he saw the whites of the deer's eyes, he wondered if he would ever live to see that day.

"I got two more days to work and I almost got killed by a deer -- at work," Williams said.

That's probably why he jumped on top of his desk to avoid the deer.

"I was scared," Williams said.

Mike Bailey and Derk Walker, two salesmen, and Williams were among the first to spot the deer as it charged into the business.

"I was sitting at my desk at about 7:50 a.m.," Bailey said. "She hit the front door, it swung right open and she walked right in. It busted her jaw and blood flew all over the place."

Walker and Williams jumped on top of their desks, while Bailey ran across the room to call for help.

Employee Dianna Ellis bolted to her car just in case she ran out and headed her way.

The excitement only lasted a few minutes and by 8:20 a.m. it was back to business as usual.

The injured doe ran around the store a couple of times and then left out the same door she entered.

The employees said they guessed the doe must have been disoriented when she found her way into the business.

Store employees said they've had many visitors in the past, but the deer's appearance was definitely a first.

"We've had squirrels, hawks, snakes," Miss Ellis said. "We've had all kind of wildlife, but we've never had a deer."

Goldsboro police responded to the incident after receiving a call about a breaking and entering.

There were no immediate estimates of the amount of damage the deer caused.