UPDATE: Bull on the loose shot and killed

8:15 p.m. — A 500-pound bull that was loose in Trumbull since 11:30 a.m. today was shot Tuesday night.

"Bull eventually was shot and killed in a secluded wooded area off Dayton Road," Police Deputy Chief Michael Harry wrote in an update tonight. The bull's owner was on the scene, Harry said.

Trumbull's Animal Control and Police had made arrangements to tranquilize the bull but it ran off, ending up near Tashua Elementary School this afternoon. Police asked the school to delay dismissal, due to safety concerns.  Officers were instructed, when safely able, to "dispatch" the animal, Harry said.

Original story: A four-legged, 500-pound fugitive gave quite a chase through Trumbull Tuesday, delaying dismissal for Tashua Elementary School.

At about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Trumbull Police received a report of a roaming eight month-old bull, making its way through side streets and wooded areas along Monroe Turnpike, Deputy Chief Michael Harry said. It reportedly escaped from a farm in Monroe. The bull settled in the area of Trefoil Drive and police contacted the Trumbull Animal Control Officer, in order to make arrangements to tranquilize the bull. After several hours, the attempt was made to tranquilize the bovine but it ran from the area. It ended up near a playground area of Tashua School and as dismissal time approached, it became a safety issue for the children, Harry said.

Officers were instructed, when safely able, to dispatch the animal, Harry said. Tashua School was asked to hold dismissal at 3:15 p.m. until 4:05 pm. when the bull was out of the area.

"The bull is out of the immediate area at this time," Harry said in a release sent out at 4:10 p.m..  As of 5 p.m., police said they did not have any new information to release.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.