DOW: Man gave false name after helping poach deer
A convicted felon was arrested last week for allegedly poaching a deer and then giving an arresting officer a false name.Christopher William Shields’ girlfriend, Tasha Faubion, 25, also was cited in the poaching incident, which occurred in Rulison.Shields was in court Thursday regarding four felony bond violation charges when Magistrate Lain Leoniak told him there were warrants out for his arrest in the poaching incident.Shields, 27, was freed Thursday after posting $200 bond. He is charged with unlawful possession of wildlife and criminal impersonation.The incident occurred Nov. 18. A man called the Colorado Division of Wildlife and said he saw a neighbor shoot a deer, and use a backhoe to move it to a house.DOW officer J.T. Romatzke responded and found blood in the bucket of a backhoe. In an incident report, Romatzke said Shields said someone shot the buck deer and he figured the person would come back to get it later so he moved it into the trees.Shields then reportedly showed Romatzke a deer with 4-by-5 antlers. He said he had been working on the backhoe all day and didn’t know who shot it, but had seen deer in the area along with some hunters, and then saw one of the deer drop.Shields then reportedly asked if he could talk to Faubion, and she then said she shot the deer and apologized for doing so.”Tasha stated that she had gotten a new rifle and was excited to use it,” Romatzke said in the report.Romatzke also wrote that Shields had asked a neighbor the previous day if his girlfriend could hunt deer and the neighbor had said that would be OK. Faubion was cited for hunting without a license and illegal possession.Romatzke then told Shields he was going to be ticketed for illegal possession, at which point Shields reportedly said he thought Romatzke was going to issue only one ticket. Romatzke said that was before learning Shields had asked a landowner if his girlfriend could hunt deer. Romatzke told Shields that “he was as much a part of the crime as Tasha.”Shields then told Romatzke he didn’t have a driver’s license and didn’t have his identification card on him. He reportedly then gave the name of William Shields, and a 1977 birthdate. A Colorado State Patrol dispatcher found records for a Christopher W. Shields with a 1978 birthdate, and several outstanding warrants. He was arrested on the warrants.Court files indicate Shields had been arrested in May 2004 in North Carolina on a misdemeanor violation of a domestic violence protective order and a felony charge of possessing a weapon of mass destruction. He allegedly had been stalking his ex-wife with a sawed-off shotgun. His mother reportedly said previously that he had threatened to go to North Carolina and kill his ex-wife with a shotgun.Shields pleaded guilty to the felony in August 2004 and was sentenced to 13 to 16 months in a North Carolina prison.When arrested in North Carolina, Shields had been out on bond on Garfield County charges. He had been arrested on charges of felony menacing and possession of a dangerous weapon after allegedly pointing a shotgun at his parents’ heads and threatening to kill them on Dec. 24, 2003.Shields claimed he had an alibi that night, having gone to Clagett Memorial Hospital in Rifle and to someone’s house. The local case against Shields was dismissed after prosecutors weren’t able to locate Shields’ parents to be witnesses.However, while the local charges were still active, Shields allegedly twice failed to appear in court while free on bond, and further violated bond conditions by fleeing Colorado to go to North Carolina and being arrested on a felony charge while out on bond.A special prosecutor from the Fifth Judicial District has been handling the bond violation case because Billie Burchfield, previously Shields’ defense attorney, went to work as a deputy DA in the Ninth Judicial District.DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said Faubion has paid her ticket in the poaching case.Hampton said investigators may never know what happened when the deer was shot.”We weren’t there when it happened. We have to write (citations based on) what we feel like we can get to court with and she confessed,” he said.
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