Published: Nov 01, 2010 3:53 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 01, 2010 12:54 PM EDT

OVIEDO, Fla. (AP) - Police have killed a wild boar that was terrorizing a central Florida neighborhood.

Neighbors called Oviedo police on Sunday to report the animal was charging at people.

One man, Robert Lynch, said the boar had long tusks and blood in its mouth. Lynch was laying sod with his son in their yard when the animal ran toward them.

Lynch said he darted in the opposite direction to avoid attack.

Oviedo Police Lt. Mike Beavers said the animal's behavior left officers with no other choice but to kill it. The boar, which weighed 200 to 300 pounds, was shot four times.

The Alafaya Woods subdivision is near a conservation area, though police say large male boars don't usually venture into such densely populated areas.