Sitka officer charged with wildlife offense

SITKA — A veteran Sitka police officer is on paid administrative leave as he faces a misdemeanor wildlife charge.

The Sitka Sentinel reports 48-year-old Sgt. Daryl Rice is charged with allowing his teenage son to fire six shots at an artificial deer from a boat.

Alaska law prohibits shooting big game from a boat.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says wildlife troopers routinely monitor wildlife decoys during hunting seasons to make sure hunters abide by state laws.

Troopers in a charging document say the shots were fired Dec. 7 in Neva Strait. They seized Rice’s rifles.

Rice has been with the Sitka Police Department for 24 years.

Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt the city will conduct an administrative investigation when the criminal case is decided.

Rice faces a Jan. 7 court appearance.

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