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Fort Carson soldier, Olympian cited after poaching deer at Colorado Springs car dealership

By: matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com
August 16, 2014 Updated: August 16, 2014 at 1:21 am
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photo - Riza Kayaalp of Turkey competes against Dremiel Deshon Byers of the United States (in red) during the 120-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Photo by STF
Riza Kayaalp of Turkey competes against Dremiel Deshon Byers of the United States (in red) during the 120-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Photo by STF 

An Olympic wrestler and Fort Carson soldier was cited Thursday night after he allegedly stalked and shot a deer with a bow and arrow at a car dealership in southwestern Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs police and wildlife officials rushed to Motor City on Thursday night after a man identified as Dremiel Byers was seen shortly before 
7 p.m. lurking near Kuni Lexis in the 600 block of Auto Heights. Byers was given "several hunting and wildlife violations," which included hunting out of season and illegal take, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

Abbie Walls, a Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman, said officers used a vehicle description to locate Byers in the Wal-Mart parking lot on 8th Street shortly after the incident occurred.

Officials found the deer when they arrived. It had been shot and still had an arrow in its hind end, Walls said.

Parks and Wildlife officials euthanized the buck, she said. The meat will be donated to a charity, she said, and typically in such cases it is given to a homeless shelter or soup kitchen.

Someone called 911 after seeing the wounded deer roaming about the Motor City area, Walls said.

Byers competed in the Greco-Roman discipline at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games for Team USA. He is a 10-time U.S. Nationals champion and won the world championship in 2002.

USA Wrestling senior communications manager Craig Sesker said he was shocked when he heard of Byers' alleged actions.

"He's been a great representative of our sport," Sesker said.

"He's had a great career and is one of the best we've ever had. He has been a great representative of the U.S. Army, too."

According to Sesker, the 39-year-old athlete last competed in the Dave Schultz Memorial Invitational in Colorado Springs in February.

Fort Carson spokeswoman Dani Johnson confirmed that Byers is a sergeant first class in the World Class Athlete Program.

He has been a soldier for more than 19 years.

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