After a deer busted through a window of a St. Catherine University building as classes were in session, St. Paul police tracked it down, then shot and killed it.
The buck met its end Wednesday evening, police spokesman Howie Padilla said.
Students told police an unleashed dog had been chasing the deer on the campus.
The deer broke through an O'Neill Center for Academic Development window, went through a Sheetrock wall and took refuge in a stairwell, where it was shot, Padilla said.
School spokeswoman Julie Michener said the buck was in the emergency stairwell "the entire time" it was in the building.
Police decided to shoot the deer before it could do further damage or become a threat to students, Padilla said.
"A frightened deer doesn't distinguish between people who are trying to harm it" and others, he said.