Samuel Carter and Brent Curnow: Boulder cops charged in elk shooting resign

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Update: Earlier today, we shared the arrest affidavit naming Samuel Carter, one of two Boulder cops charged in the shooting of a Mapleton neighborhood elk on New Year's Day; see our previous coverage below. Now, the City of Boulder has announced that Carter and cohort Brent Curnow, who also faces criminal counts in the matter, have sent letters of resignation to the BPD -- and the department's chief has accepted them.

The city release quotes Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner as saying, "The Boulder Police Department does not tolerate this kind of behavior. 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 release stresses that the BPD's internal investigation will continue despite the resignations -- and so will the now-former officers' prosecution by the Boulder District Attorney's Office.

Continue for our previous coverage.

Original post 9:45 a.m. January 22: After the New Year's Day police shooting of an elk known to Mapleton area residents, Boulder Police apologized for "confusion" over the incident. Since then, bafflement over the initial tale told by officers Sam Carter and Brent Curnow has only grown. Now, both have been charged with crimes in what appears to have been a planned effort, not a mercy killing. Details in an affidavit below.

As we've reported, an officer later identified as Carter shot and killed a bull elk in the area of Ninth Avenue and Mapleton Street after 11 p.m. on January 1. According to the initial Boulder Police news release, Carter was on routine patrol when he saw the elk, which he says appeared to be injured. Some of the elk's antlers had been broken off and it was limping, police said.

"In the officer's judgment, the animal needed to be humanely put down," read the statement. The officer fired one shot from a shotgun, killing the elk, which was in a residential yard. That animal was then "taken home to be processed for meat by another officer [Curnow], who was off-duty at the time."

It didn't take long for this story to unravel. For one thing, neither officer had immediately reported the incident. This news was followed by an image of Carter happily posing with the dead animal, as seen in the Boulder Daily Camera.

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Next came word that Curnow runs his own taxidermy business -- a revelation that further fueled the anger of residents upset by what had happened and doubtful that the elk had been injured.

The Boulder District Attorney's Office soon launched an investigation to determine if criminal charges against Carter and Curnow were warranted -- and as the Daily Camera reports, prosecutors ultimately determined that they were. The officers were booked on a mix of felony charges (including forgery, tampering with physical evidence and attempting to influence a public official) and misdemeanors (such as killing an elk out of season and unlawful taking of a trophy elk).

Much of the evidence accumulated against the officers is cataloged in the arrest affidavit issued in Carter's name. Here's one roster of factoids that seem to contradict his earlier claims:

• Carter was on duty that night and had admitted upon questioning that he had shot the elk.

• Carter had not told his sergeant about concerns with an injured or aggressive elk.

• Carter did not contact dispatch when he went to the corner of 9th and Mapleton, where the elk was located, and never mentioned the elk to dispatch.

• Carter did not notify either his supervisor or dispatch that he was about to discharge a firearm, or had just discharged a firearm to kill the elk. He never mentioned the shot or having killed a trophy elk during the rest of his shift.

• Carter spent a prolonged period of time at 9th and Mapleton while loading the elk in Curnow's truck without checking in with dispatch.

• Carter had never attempted to contact CPW (Colorado Parks and Wildlife) on call or local district wildlife managers, officers with biological training to access injuries and aggressive behavior in wildlife, and with tools and capabilities to tranquilize and move large ungulates.

• Carter never asked dispatch or his supervisor to contact the City contracted knacker service to remove the animal, nor did he make any attempt to contact CPW to garner advice about disposition of an elk with trophy antlers.

• After clearing the scene Carter contacted his supervisor by phone and requested to go home sick. During this conversation killing of the elk was never mentioned.

Even more damning were text messages between Carter, Curnow and a third law enforcer, beginning shortly after midnight on New Year's Day.

Continue for more about the charging of two Boulder police officers in the shooting of the Mapleton elk, including photos, video and the arrest affidavit.


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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Why I Fucking Hate Cops !!!

Reason  #243 : Unsanctioned hunting in the front yard of our homes ...

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

Tools! They should get screwed over by the man.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Headline Correction -- there's a difference between Retire and Resign

These criminal clowns will not be collecting any retirement pay ... in prison.


Mike Milos
Mike Milos

Coming soon to a Mall Security Job near you!

David Spohn
David Spohn

Yeah but the bastards still get pension that WE pay for.

Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro

good riddance…more jack-booted thugs out da door

David Spohn
David Spohn

Whats wrong, this fucking pussy can't get in the mud and muck and bust one in the Forest like the rest if us REAL MEN! Fuck this cop and his pussy ass partner! I hope they lose it all!

CloudGang
CloudGang

These boys are not the smartest by a long shot.

had they killed a citizen along with the elk they  would of been promoted and been offered the elk as prize.

As for the elk,  its in a better place.

FUCK THE POLICE FUCK FUCK THE POLICE


Justin Jones
Justin Jones

If I get a felony I lose my entire business. These guys shouldn't even be able to be mall cops after this behavior

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This was an issue for the Dept of Wildlife & NOT BPD !!!

The officers BOTH knew this & MURDERED 'Big Boy',  anyways !

'Injured' MY ASS !!!

" Show me a 'humane' police officer & I'll introduce you to Jesus personally ... "

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I MUST put forth the recent disgusting mockery of justice by Arapahoe county & it's embarrassing continuous treatment and handling of Ex-Sheriff,  Patrick Sullivan .

Boulder, I challenge your courts to restore some kind of faith in law & prosecute these two felons as you would ANY OTHER alleged offender, including reflective sentencing . They were sworn & PAID to uphold the law,  which in my eyes,  should equal 'Aggravated' charges and sentences to follow,  if & when convicted ! 

Additional felonious charges regarding the repeated LIES by BOTH individuals SHOULD BE INCLUDED and NOT ignored !!!

EQUAL F'N JUSTICE !!

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

The Boulderites should be thanking Carter and Curnow.  At least now the trust fund hippies have something to do besides getting high and trying to save the endangered Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka.

nullskull
nullskull

@BackOffImStarving  

At least getting high is legal.  Shooting a trophy elk like these elkoholic cops isn't.  Send them to jail.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@nullskull @BackOffImStarving Marijuana is still a Class I controlled substance, and it's use and possession are still illegal under federal law.  I'm surprised you were able to put the peace pipe down long enough to write your eloquent legal opinion that will surely sway any jury's decision should the police officers stand trial.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@nullskull @BackOffImStarving  "Pot is legal in Colorado"

No, it isn't, numbnuts.

No one under 21 years old -- even ADULTS -- can legally possess any quantity of recreational marijuana under the complete FRAUD that is Amendment 64.


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