December 6, 2013

Farmington police officer charged with killing cow moose

An investigation determined the bullet that killed the moose came from the officer’s gun and the shooting was unintentional.

Staff Report

FARMINGTON — A Farmington police sergeant is facing a fine for unintentionally killing a cow moose without a hunting permit.

The Maine Warden Service summoned Sgt. Edward Hastings IV, of Chesterville.

The Warden Service said Hastings and a hunting partner shot at a bull moose during the season on Oct. 16, but when they got to the site where the moose fell, two moose were down, including the cow, for which they did not have a permit.

An investigation determined the bullet that killed the cow came from Hastings’ gun and the shooting was unintentional.

Hastings does not face jail time but could be fined.

Hastings, the department’s employee of the year in 2012, apologized in a statement to the Sun Journal newspaper for killing the moose and bringing unwanted attention to the department.

The rule violation case was moved to South Paris District Court to prevent a possible conflict of interest because, as a police sergeant, Hastings works closely with Franklin County Court officials, according to court documents.

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