December 6, 2013

Farmington police officer charged with killing cow moose

An investigation determined the bullet that killed the moose came from the officer’s gun and the shooting was unintentional.

The Associated Press

FARMINGTON — A Farmington police sergeant is facing charges for unintentionally killing a cow moose.

The Maine Warden Service has issued a summons for Edward Hastings IV of Chesterville.

The Warden Service says Hastings and a hunting partner shot at a bull moose during the legal season on Oct. 16, but when they got to the site where the moose fell, two moose were down, including the cow for which they did not have a permit.

An investigation determined the bullet that killed the cow came from Hastings’ gun and the shooting was unintentional.

Hastings does not face jail time but could be fined.

Hastings, the department’s employee of the year in 2012, in a statement to the Sun Journal apologized for killing the moose and bringing unwanted attention to the department.

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