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EVERGREEN, Colo. — A homeowner who allegedly fatally shot two bear cubs early Tuesday morning after seeing them and the mother bear going through his trash has been identified by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said the homeowner, 50-year-old Daniel Williams, in the 27000 block of Lupine Drive saw the bears about 5:15 a.m.

He fired two rubber bullets from his shotgun in an attempt to scare them off. His dog then ran into the area, and Williams became concerned and fired a live round.

The shot hit both cubs, instantly killing one of them. The second cub had to be euthanized by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers. The mother bear went across the street and into a tree.

The live round also went through a neighbor’s window, but no one was injured, the sheriff’s office said.

The mother bear finally came down from the tree and left the area sometime Tuesday evening after about 15 hours, wildlife officials said.

Williams is facing a felony charge of illegal discharge of a firearm and misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, shooting from or across a public roadway, dogs harassing wildlife, illegal possession of wildlife and unlawful taking of a black bear out of season.

Investigators completed their investigation Wednesday and presented the case to the Jefferson District Attorney’s Office.

With bear sightings common this time of year, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reminded the public of some safety tips on its Facebook page.