Sheriff’s Office officials used the lighthearted moment to remind people of the dangers of wild animals.
"We don't want to ruffle any feathers, but we think this is a good time to remind folks that wild turkeys are not to be mistaken for domesticated animals," the Sheriff's Office's Facebook post read. "They have sharp beaks and claws that can inflict serious damage.
“Thankfully, our deputies were not injured as they repeatedly told the bird they already belonged to the JCSO flock.”
Followers of the department’s page thought the situation was hilarious.
“That’s what you get for talking jive, turkey,” one man wrote.
“Maybe he just wanted a ride-along,” another commenter suggested.
Others recalled their own skirmishes with wild turkeys and other creatures.
"Oh man!" a woman wrote. "One time I was driving to my sister's house along North Turkey Creek and I realized a bison was running next to the car! So thankful that when I called JCSO, y'all were fast to contain the bison that were loose."
A Sheriff's Office official also posted a comment that contained a poem written by one of the deputies involved in the turkey confrontation. It begins, "Here's a short poem to a turkey I met, who was very aggressive, he wasn't a pet."
The poem goes on to list some of the crimes the turkey could have theoretically been charged with: stalking, menacing, assault on a peace officer and jaywalking.
It finishes, "If you threaten me again like you did before, you will save me a trip to the grocery store.
“So obey the laws and be polite, and you may live to see Thanksgiving night.”