Officers fired for illegal hunting in Franklin Parish
POSTED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 1:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 1:49pm
WINNSBORO, LA (KTSM) — Two Winnsboro Police officers and a Franklin Parish Sheriff's Deputy have been fired after an incident involving the illegal killing of deer.
Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb confirms tthat Hunter Guimbellot, a FPSO correctional officer, along with WPD officer Chester Coleman and Josh Martin, shot a doe illegally with a rifle. They then transported the dead animal in a WPD patrol vehicle to the Northeast Louisiana Ambulance Service be cleaned.
Cobbs says this took place on the night of December 30 at the Winnsboro Industrial Park.
Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Thomas said the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries contacted him about the incident.
Coleman, who was on duty at the time, was arrested for malfeasance in office, illegal killing of a deer, hunting from a moving vehicle and no deer tags or hunting license. He was ticketed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Officer Martin and Deputy Guimbellot were not on duty, but also ticketed by the LDWF. Thomas said charges were made by the LDWF, who worked the entire case.