Forest Lake Couple disappointed when police officer was declared not violating state law to kill deer

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A Minneapolis man admitted to charges for robbing several St. Paul drugstores this year, according to the Star Tribune.

A Forest Lake couple was disappointed when the police officer who shot two wild deer just feet from their house was not pleaded in violation of state law or police procedures, the Star Tribune said.

Jeff and Lee Ann Carpenter lodged a complaint on the four-year officer, whom Forest Lake police refused to name because of Data Privacy Laws, for "his reckless and dangerous cowboy antics," according to the Star Tribune.

According to the Pioneer Press, the Washington County sheriff's office determined that the complaint was "not sustained," a statement from Forest Lake Police Chief Rick Peterson said.

The officer was acting on orders from the Department of Natural Resources, which was granted the right to kill deer that "escape captivity" due to the potential health threat to the public, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Carpenters had been feeding the deer for years but the DPR thought the deer had escaped from a private game farm, the Star Tribune said. The DPR then alerted the police.

According to Carpenter's letter to Peterson, he expressed his fury for "not [being] notified of his presences or his intent which made for a dangerous situation," the Pioneer Press said.

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