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Jan 18, 2013 3:40 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Officers arrested following Boulder elk shooting

The Boulder County District Attorney says arrest warrants were issued for the officers involved in the shooting of a neighborhood elk in Boulder. They face a multitude of charges including unlawful taking of an elk, misconduct and conspiracy, according to our news partners at 9News in Denver.

Officers Sam Carter and Brent Curnow were arrested Friday morning and released on bond.

In a news conference today, the district attorney says these are potential "high fines and charges." Sentences could be anywhere from probation to 8 years in prison.

Boulder's police chief apologized in early January to residents after an elk was shot on New Year's Day by an on-duty officer who failed to report the incident.

Carter has said the elk was aggressive and appeared injured. Neighbors say the "Mapleton Elk," named for the neighborhood the animal frequented, was friendly.

Both of the officers are on paid administrative leave as separate investigations are ongoing.

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