Man arrested for shooting 14-point antlered deer in Washington D.C. with a handgun

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In Washington D.C. a man dressed in camouflage fatigues has been accused  of shooting a deer in the Palisades neighborhood in northwest Washington with a handgun, reports FoxNews.

On Tuesday night, residents from the community reported hearing gunfire, and when authorities arrived they discovered Vernon Goyne, of West Virginia trying to hit a fallen deer with a stick. Goyne had shot at the deer with a handgun; the animal was still alive when police arrived.

It is illegal to hunt in the District of Columbia; Goyne has been charged with five criminal offenses including animal cruelty, possession of an unregistered firearm and having unregistered ammunition.

According to the Washington Humane Society spokesperson, Scott Giacoppo, the 14-point buck weighing about 250 pounds had to be euthanized. According to the Washington Post, Giacoppo stated animals are

“at an even more unfair advantage than they would normally be in an area where hunting is allowed. These animals are more accustomed to human beings around without a threat, so they are more apt to come within a closer proximity.”

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  1. Well I hope the Justice System there does more than take his hunting privileges for more than 6 months away!!! This is an extremely cruel and torturous ACT! Needless to say it also put human beings at risk!!!! What a complete NITWIT

  2. FILTHY POS!!!!! He KNOWS that guns are illegal in DC, just as he knows that hunting is! He’s simply one of those filthy WV hillbillies who doesn’t give a damn what the law is nor even how many people he might have hurt with that bullet. There are too many people like him in this area, which borders WV, and I’ve seen plenty of West Virginians here just like them. I hope they lock him up for years.

  3. really he better not be able to get away with this, i bet he gets in more trouble for the unregistered firearm he sounds like a real piece of work and needs to be in jail teach him a leason

  4. Thank God, they arrested this INHUMANE STUPID PIECE OF SHIT! I love deers and cannot imagine anyone eating deer meat. Or killing a beautiful deer, they are so beautiful and I enjoy watching them. And I hit one once and I cried all day, broke my heart. He ran out from no where, I did not care about my car, I was just heartbroken that I hit him. I couldn’t have avoided it and I was going the speed limit, but I still blamed my self for not reacting quick enough, to avoid him. And people want to kill them… WHY IS OUR WORLD SO FULL OF SICK MINDED SUB-HUMANS…

  5. And what is a man from West Virginia doing skulking around Washington DC in camouflage and carrying a hand gun? I hope they throw the book at this moron, he is dangerous, and I’d like to know what he thought he was doing.


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