Boulder DA to make decision on officers who shot elk

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A Boulder police officer with a dead elk (Photo: Lara Koenig).

BOULDER, Colo. – Boulder’s District Attorney will decide Friday if criminal charges will be filed in the case of an elk who was shot and killed by a police officer New Years Day.

The elk’s shooting sparked outrage among community members who knew the elk and even nicknamed him Big Boy.

Officer Bren Curnow, a 14-year veteran of the department, was suspended along with Officer Sam Carter when news of the shooting broke.

Both are also subjects of a criminal investigation by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and an internal Boulder police probe.

Police said Carter shot the elk near Ninth Street and Mapleton Avenue on New Year’s Day because the elk looked to be injured.

Curnow was off-duty and took the carcass home to process it for meat, a Boulder police spokeswoman said.

Neither officer reported the elk being put down to dispatchers, nor had Colorado Parks and Wildlife been notified.

Police officers are required to make a report whenever they discharge their weapons. Parks and Wildlife is supposed to be notified when a large animal is killed.

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