MARSHALL — A business in downtown Marshall had an unusual visitor earlier this week after a deer smashed through a glass door at Columbia Imports on Main Street.
“It was an interesting morning” says Dan Walters. Walters said he was heading to Coleman Management on Tuesday when he learned that one of Columbia Imports’ doors had been broken into. The building was owned by Coleman Management, so Walters went to check it out while contacting store owner Derek Deutz on his cellphone.
“I heard a noise,” says Walters. “I looked inside (the store) and there are two eyes looking at me.”
Deutz said he got the call from Walters around 8 a.m. “He said, ‘There’s a deer in there'” Deutz said. At first he thought Walters was joking.
Walters was able to get a short video of the deer on his phone, and he tried to think of what to do with the deer. He said the animal rushed to the back of the store, before he could lead it outside.
It’s unclear what prompted the deer to break into Columbia Imports. Walters said there have been a few times in the past when a deer has come through the window at a Main Street business. Deutz joked that the deer might have been interested in the popcorn in the store window.
Fortunately, it doesn’t appear the deer caused any damage other than broken glass and a few fur and scuff marks on the floor, Deutz said. Southwest Glass Center replaced the door with new shatterproof glass.
“They were able to fix the door that day,” he said.
Deutz shared Walters’ music video of the deer on Columbia Imports’ Instagram page.