Two police officers in Boulder, Colorado were arrested on Friday after
it was discovered that they may have killed a large neighborhood-dwelling
elk. According to
ABC News, the officers Samuel Carter and Brent Curnow were arrested and released
on bond shortly after but now face felony charges for their crime. They
have been accused of attempting to influence a public servant and tampering
with evidence. The two have also been accused of
forgery which was committed in an attempt to cover up their alleged crime. The
two officers had their bail set at $20,000 per suspect. They were released
with a notice that commanded them to abstain from hunting during their trial.
How is killing an elk a crime?
While they are facing a variety of felonies, their actual crime, killing
an elk, is only a misdemeanor. In the state of Colorado, people can serve
a short sentence for the unlawful taking of an elk. They also face a misdemeanor
for official misconduct and conspiracy. Residents saw the shooting occur
and reported it to the police department only to find that the offenders
were officers themselves. In Boulder, police have been the defendants
in many trials recently. There have been allegations of
DUI and attempted murder in recent months. According to the defendants’
story, they say a large elk limping through Mapleton, Colorado on New
It had broken antlers and appeared to be wounded. The officer then “euthanized”
the elk with on shot from his gun and called another off-duty officer
to come help him move the elk carcass. The off-duty officer then took
the animal to process for meat for his own personal use. After the elk
was shot, neighborhood dwellers accused the officers of the killing. Initially,
both the shooter (Samuel Carter) and the accomplice (Brent Curnow) denied
claims that they shot the animal. The Boulder Police Department also denied
any involvement with the situation because the two workers never admitted
to anyone that they had committed the act.
This was a derivation from the standard procedure, which is to alert the
police dispatch and contact a supervisor about how to deal with the injured
elk. As well, the police should have written an incident report about
the elk shooting and turned it in to the police department, because they
kept silent and did not accomplish any of these jobs, they were put in
a difficult satiation. The officers were placed on unpaid leave once they
were identified in connection with the crime and they are still the subject
of an internal affairs investigation.
Men and women of Boulder were devastated when the elk that they all knew
well was killed so suddenly by a member of their own law enforcement department.
The Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner issued a statement to the community
assuring him that the officers would be held accountable for their actions.
He also explained that he understood the gravity of the offense and that
if allegations were sustained that the two police officers would certainly
be terminated from their positions in the field.
Witnesses claim that the elk was not limping or injured when shot by the
officer. According to some police, Carter talked about his intention to
shoot the elk at a shift meeting a few days before he committed the act.
Both officers also face charges under Samson’s Law. This law is
named after a large elk that was killed in a Colorado town back in 1995.
The law states that there will be a $10,000 fine for any man or woman
who shoots a trophy animal. This elk was well known in the community and
was therefore considered a “trophy” animal. The residents
of Mapleton were devastated and even started vigils and a “@MapletonElk”
Twitter handle. The family that lives at the home where the elk was shot
saw that they had nicknamed the large animal “Big Boy.” They
say that the large elk was a neighborhood legend and was often seen sneaking
into their yard to snack on an apple. Others in the community called the
large elk “Rufus” or “Humphrey.”
The police will now attend trial for the killing and answer to their many
crimes in connection with the incident. This is proof that not all police
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