MUSCLE SHOALS — A Muscle Shoals police officer is on administrative leave, accused of shooting and killing a deer on federal property while on duty during the weekend.
Muscle Shoals Police Chief Robert Evans confirmed Wednesday that an officer was placed on administrative leave with pay while the shooting is under investigation. Evans declined to release details of the incident or the officer’s name.
Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman Scott Brooks, however, identified the officer as Greg Scoggins. Brooks confirmed the shooting took place Sunday morning on TVA property, specifically on the TVA Reservation near Second Street.
“The Alabama Department of Conservation is handling the case, and we have turned everything over to them,” Brooks said.
Mike Pollard, assistant chief of enforcement of the Alabama Department of Conservation’s Game and Fisheries Division, said Wednesday the shooting remains under investigation, but would not comment further.
Pollard did say that no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed. If filed, the charges would be misdemeanors.
Evans said he directed Muscle Shoals police Capt. Lanny Coan to contact the Alabama Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday and make them aware of the incident.
“Since this involves one of our officers, we will be turning our information over to them,” Evans said.