Montgomery County NC Jan 5 2017 Two Montgomery County firefighters were issued hunting violations Sunday, accused of shooting deer with a crossbow on the Germantown campus of Montgomery College, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police.
Jaron Randall Hall, 30, and James Andrew Fernandez, 25, both of Frederick, were charged with hunting on private land without written permission, hunting within a safety zone and hunting deer at night, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Natural Resources Police. Hall was also charged with shooting from a road and having a loaded crossbow in a vehicle.
The men were spotted by a security guard patrolling the campus at 3:44 a.m. Sunday, according to Candy Thomson, a spokeswoman for Natural Resources Police.
As the guard watched, the men drove their pickup truck up to a herd of deer grazing on campus property and opened fire from inside the truck with a crossbow, Thomson said. As the guard called 911, he saw the men get out off the truck, drag the deer carcass off the steps of a college building and load it into the truck bed.
A Montgomery County police officer pulled the truck over a short time later and found three deer carcasses in the bed of the truck, according to the press release.
“People go where the deer are, and in this case, the deer happened to be on a campus,” Thomson said. “There’s a lot of deer on that campus, but it’s private property and you just can’t be going on private property and shooting deer, even if they’re really nice deer.”
The men were cooperative with police, Thomson said.
The names of both men show up on a list of firefighters working for Montgomery County as of Wednesday.
Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, confirmed in an email Wednesday evening that both men are firefighters. He had no information about their employment status or any possible punishment they might face at their jobs.
In addition to the other charges, both men were also issued written warnings for failing to tag and report their kills, Thomson said.
Hall’s crossbow and case, along with several crossbow bolts, a hand-held spotlight and a headlamp, were confiscated by Natural Resources Police. The deer were deemed “too damaged” to be donated to a food bank and were disposed of, according to the release.
A court date had not been set in either man’s case and no additional information was available in online court records as of Wednesday.
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