The two Boulder police officers involved in the death of an elk on New Year’s Day have resigned, according to police spokesperson Kim Kobel.
Sam Carter and Brent Curnow turned in letters of resignation to Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner and he accepted their resignations, Kobel said in a press release.
“The Boulder Police Department does not tolerate this kind of behavior,” Beckner said. “Police officers and other members of this department will be held accountable for their actions and behavior, and we want the community to know how seriously we take this breach of trust."
The arrest afffidavit for Curnow alleged that texts between the two show they planned to kill the elk as a trophy, the Boulder Daily Camera reported. According to the affidavit, Carter mentioned he planned on shooting the elk as early as Dec. 26.
The elk was known for wandering peacefully in the city's Mapleton neighborhood.
Although both officers are no longer members of the department, the internal personnel investigation into the circumstances and their behavior on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, 2013 will continue, Kobel said.
They face a variety of charges, including three felonies.
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