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

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A screen capture from the website linked to Officer Curnow's taxidermy business.
Here are the elk-related exchanges between various alleged participants, with the first taking place during the first hours of 2013.
• 2:56 a.m. January 1, Carter to Curnow: "Found wapiti you up."

• 3:55 a.m., Curnow to Carter: "Yep."

• 4:14 a.m. Carter to Curnow: "Should I go Hunting."

• 5:56 a.m., Carter to Boulder County Sheriff Deputy Jeff George, who is said to have helped pick up the elk's carcass: "Elk 9/Mapleton."

• 6:14 a.m., George to Carter: "Did you shoot him"

• 10:03 a.m., Carter to George: "Nope."

• 2:45 p.m., Curnow to Carter: "You should have killed it."

• 7:44 p.m., Carter to Curnow: "Oh he's dead tonight. His right side is broke off at the main beam. And he looks a little smaller. He may not be wapiti but he's gonna die."

• 10:43 p.m., Carter to George: "9Mapleton."

• 10:45 p.m., George to Carter: "On my way."

• 11:44 p.m., Carter to Curnow: "Found him."

• 11:44 p.m., Curnow to Carter: "Get him."

• 11:45 p.m. Carter to Curnow: "Too many people right now. Start heading this way. 9/Mapleton."

• 11:54 p.m., Curnow to Carter: "You gonna be able to help butcher it? Or are you gonna go home sick?"

• 11:54 p.m., Carter to Curnow: "I can butcher."

• 11:55 p.m. "K. When u think you can wack it?"

• 11:58 p.m., Carter to Curnow: "Elk down."

• 12:36 a.m. January 2, Curnow to Carter: "If we could find the broken part of the antler I could fix it for a mount."

The conclusion of the affidavit based on these texts and other information: "It is apparent that Carter was not acting within the scope of his authority as a Colorado Peace Officer to euthanize a morbidly sick or injured animal."

Charges against the men could reportedly be formalized as early as January 23.

Look below to see booking photos of Carter and Curnow, a video from a candlelight vigil held for the elk and the aforementioned affidavit.

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Samuel Carter.

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Brent Curnow.

Sam Carter Arrest Affidavit

More from our News archive: "Boulder elk shooting: Suspended cop has taxidermy business."

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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 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!


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.


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


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 ... "


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 !!!


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.



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

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 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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