An Alabama police officer is on administrative leave during an investigation into his alleged shooting of a deer on federal property while on duty.
A Muscle Shoals officer has been accused of shooting a deer on Tennessee Valley Authority property while on duty, according to the Decatur Daily newspaper.
Officials with the Muscle Shoals police department, TVA and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources declined comment to the Daily. The case is under review by those agencies along with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
No charges have been filed yet.
For the full story from the Daily, click here.
UPDATE – 12-29-12
The Daily reported here that 47-year old Greg Scoggins of Muscle Shoals was terminated Dec. 27 by the Muscle Shoals Police Department and has been charged with three misdemeanors.
Scoggins was charged by the Alabama Department of Conservation Game and Fish Division with reckless endangerment, hunting without a permit and hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle. He was released on signature bond after being arrested Friday, Dec. 27.
The reckless endangerment charge carries a year in jail and fine upon conviction. The other two charges carry fines but no jail time.
All three charges are misdemeanors. Reckless endangerment is punishable by a year in jail and a fine if convicted, while the other two charges are punishable by fines.
Scoggins was an 11-year member of the Muscle Shoals Police Department. He reportedly used his own personal rifle to shoot the deer from his patrol car after bringing the firearm from his home.
Fired police officer Greg Scoggins plans to appeal his dismissal, with his attorney, Billy Underwood, serving notice to city officials to do so as is required.
Part of the appeal notice letter indicated Scoggins may have performed a public service by killing the deer on federal property in the middle of the night with his personal rifle from a police vehicle.
“This probably would be a good opportunity to do something to keep someone from being killed by a deer crossing Second Street into the city limits from the TVA Reservation. It’s a hazard that may have grave consequences,” Underwood wrote in the letter.
Read the full story about the appeal here in the Florence Times Daily: Click Here
Update 1-5-13 Mayor Upholds Officer’s Termination