Dozens gather in Boulder for 'silent walk' in tribute to bull elk shot and killed by police officer

BOULDER, Colo. - Dozens gathered for a "silent walk" in Boulder Sunday to honor the life of a bull elk that was shot and killed by an on-duty police officer.

The group walked on downtown's Pearl Street Mall at noon Sunday.

Police say an on-duty officer killed the animal Jan. 1, and an off-duty officer took the elk home to be processed for meat. The officer who shot the elk allegedly said it was limping and appeared as if it needed to be put down, though a resident has said it wasn't limping a few hours before it died.

Colorado wildlife officials are investigating whether any crimes occurred.  

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