Citation Withdrawn for Shooting Deer That Had Been Hit by Car

HONESDALE, Pa. -- The citation against a man who shot an injured deer has been withdrawn in Wayne County.

Paul Semler had been cited for shooting the deer along Route 6 in Honesdale. Firing a gun is a violation of borough ordinance.

The district attorney said Wednesday he has withdrawn the citation against Semler because he does not believe the man committed a crime. Semler is a school resource officer at Western Wayne High School, and according to the district attorney, Semler has the proper qualifications to euthanize an animal under Pennsylvania game laws.

Back in 2015, Semler's gun went off inside the high school while he was cleaning it. No charges were filed in that case.

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