Men charged with shooting deer from vehicle

Posted at 6:02 PM, Dec 31, 2012

LAND O'LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Two Tampa Bay area men face charges after authorities say they shot a deer from their vehicle.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports that 54-year-old Charles Martin Jones and 51-year-old Michael Edward McCord were traveling along a rural road Saturday night when they pulled over to shoot the deer, which they left dead by the road. The men traveled several more miles before throwing the rifle out the window.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that a deputy caught up to the pair and arrested them. Jones was charged with taking wildlife on a road. McCord was charged with willful waste of wildlife, taking wildlife on a road and discharging a firearm in public.