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Jan 6, 2013 11:43 AM by Eric Ross

Vigil planned for elk killed by Boulder officer

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A candlelight vigil is planned to remember the life of a bull elk that was shot and killed by an on-duty Boulder police officer who has since been placed on administrative leave.

The Daily Camera reports the vigil will be held on Mountain View Road at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police say an on-duty officer killed the animal late Tuesday, and an off-duty officer took the elk home to be processed for meat. The officer who shot the elk allegedly said it was limping and appeared as if it needed to be put down, though a resident has said it wasn't limping a few hours before it died.

Colorado wildlife officials are investigating whether any crimes occurred.

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