Boulder officers facing charges of killing trophy elk

Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett announces charges Friday against the two Boulder Police Officers in connection with the shooting of a trophy elk Enlarge photo

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Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett announces charges Friday against the two Boulder Police Officers in connection with the shooting of a trophy elk

BOULDER Two Boulder police officers have been arrested on charges alleging they conspired to unlawfully kill a trophy elk.

Officers Sam Carter and Brent Curnow were free Friday on $20,000 personal recognizance bonds. They have unlisted phone numbers and couldn't be reached for comment. Carter allegedly told police the elk looked like it needed to be put down.

The Daily Camera reported they face felony counts including tampering with evidence, plus misdemeanor hunting charges in the Jan. 1 shooting. If convicted, they could lose their police certifications.

Investigators say the officers had texted each other about killing the animal several hours before it was shot.

Police Chief Mark Beckner says both are now on unpaid leave.

The shooting sparked a community uproar, with residents holding a vigil for the elk.