A four-by-five point buck was illegally shot in Rifle city limits. A witness who was returning home from a walk, saw a blonde man that appeared to be in his 20s, kneel down, aim, and shoot. Then the man went into an apartment and when he came back out, headed back in the direction he had fired the shot.
Police responded on October 23rd after the 6 pm shooting. They found the buck dead near Rifle Cemetery. The suspect Jamie Matthew Babcock, 24, has been arrested for illegally shooting a trophy buck with within city limits. He is also charged with reckless endangerment as the area he was shooting in was very residential.
Babcock has an extensive criminal record that dates back to 2002. Colorado Division of Wildlife assisted Rifle police and kept portions of the deer as evidence. The meat was given to a local family. Prosecutors will determine if the case falls under the Samson Law or not, which would allow Babcock to face stiffer penalties. From The Citizen Telegram .