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Man To Face Charges For Shooting At Deer With Bow And Arrow In Residential Neighborhood

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State wildlife officials announced Monday that they will file charges against a man who shot at a deer with a bow and arrow in Monrovia.

The incident was caught on camera Thursday. The man, later identified as Mike Rodriguez, was seen standing among the bushes in a residential area. He fires an arrow at something off-screen. A deer is then seen dashing down a street.

Rodriguez told CBS 2 that he’d initially encountered the deer in hunting Zone D-11 above Monrovia, but had failed to kill it on the first shot. “I didn’t want it to suffer any more than it had to because of my bad shot,” Rodriguez told CBS. “It moved at the exact time I fired my arrow so I didn’t hit in the kill zone. I hit it high in the back of the spine area.” He said he then tracked the animal out to Monrovia to kill it.

While it’s unclear if the second shot had hit the deer, the animal died moments after the video was taken, according to CBS.

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“I couldn’t believe it. I’m like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’” Chuck Tapert, whose home surveillance camera taped the incident, told CBS. “Somebody took a shot at a deer right in front of our house in a residential neighborhood?”

In a statement that was released when the footage came to light, the Monrovia Police Department said that it is illegal to shoot at deer in the city limits of Monrovia, adding that “[once] the suspect is identified, we intend to seek prosecution.”

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife also said they intend to file charges. “Suspect has been identified and evidence has been seized in the case. Will be filing the case with LA County District Attorney,” Andrew Hughan, a public information officer with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in an email to LAist.

Hughan told CNS it’s uncertain at the moment what those charges will be. “Potentially, (the) discharge of a weapon—a bow—in city limits for now, but we'll have to see what the investigation bears out,” said Hughan.

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