MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - A Muscle Shoals police officer is accused of shooting a deer while on duty.
Now Officer Greg Scoggins is on administrative leave with pay while investigators determine if charges will be filed.
The officer is accused of killing the animal on TVA property.
“The officer has not been arrested but it’s alleged he shot a buck from the patrol vehicle in violation of state law,” said game warden, Captain Johnny Johnson. “An individual can`t do that, and neither can an officer.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is investigating the case.
Detectives say Officer Scoggins pulled out his personal rifle to shoot the deer.
And according to Captain Johnson, someone witnessed the officer kill the animal and called police.
“I don`t know what went through his mind but apparently, I`d say he`s a hunter you know, and saw a big buck and shot it, that's my opinion,” said Captain Johnson. ”It coulda been a hazard to the public, you know, I don`t really know, it’s still an ongoing investigation.”
According to the game warden, an Alabama conservation officer will meet with the Colbert County District Attorney, Friday to discuss what charges may be filed.
Investigators say the shooting happened Sunday, December 23rd, during day light hours.
The Muscle Shoals police chief would not comment about the case, since it's an open investigation.