Olympic wrestler charged after allegedly deer hunting in Lexus parking lot

Dremiel Byers has competed in two Olympics for the United States.

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There's hunting for a car, and then there's hunting where they sell cars.

Olympic wrestler Dremiel Byers was charged with two hunting-related offenses on Thursday after he was spotted in the parking lot of a Lexus dealership in Colorado Springs, Colorado, wielding a bow and arrow in pursuit of a wounded deer, police said (via the Denver Post).

People in the vicinity called police, who in turn called the state wildlife department. Byers was charged with hunting out of season and illegal possession of wildlife. Officials located an injured buck, which was euthanized.

Byers, 39, a two-time Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler and an Army sergeant, placed in the top 10 of the 120-kilogram (264.5 pounds) class in the 2008 and 2012 games and is a member of the U.S. national team.

A spokesman for USA Wrestling spoke highly of Byers.

"He's been a great representative of our sport," Craig Sesker told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "He's had a great career and is one of the best we've ever had."


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