After numerous complaints from local residents, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks law enforcement made contact with four individuals who were allegedly using an 18-wheeler to head-light and shoot deer in Newton County, Mississippi.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that Col. Steve Adcock, head of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) law enforcement noticed headlights from a tractor-trailer and witness the individuals shooting at a deer out of the windows.
“At 1:20 a.m., officers saw headlights from a semi.” Adcock told the Clarion-Ledger. “The truck hit the brakes and one of the individuals hung out of the window and shot at the deer,” Adcock said. “They had a Mossberg pistol-grip shotgun.”
The individuals were identified as John David Upton, 27, of Newton; Dustin Roy Alexander, 32, of Little Rock, Miss.; Dakota Lace Presley, 21, of Meridian; and Ashley Knight, 22, of Little Rock, Mississippi. After officers searched the vehicle, Adcock said officers found the shotgun, loaded with 00 buckshot, hidden under a mattress.
Each of the accused have since been charged with hunting from a public road, hunting without a license, illegal shot size and hunting with the aid of a light.
MDWFP spokesperson Jim Walker stated that the accused each will face up to $6,000 in fines plus associated court costs.