It doesn't matter if someone misidentified the snake or if one that size can only eat something the size of a mouse or as big as a golden retriever. I usually give police officers some slack in their response to rapidly changing, stressful situations, but this wasn't one. Maybe the snake was still lunging around, but the men are lying about what happened or have no idea what happened. If the snake had been run over, it was no longer a threat to anything and wasn't going anywhere. The three bullets the officer fired went somewhere, however, and I hope he's answering phones at the station or checking parking meters now. He certainly doesn't have the judgement needed to carry a gun. Shooting a snake in a road? It's reckless when a kid does it and completely irresponsible when a police officer does.