BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Court records show that a Boulder police officer charged with poaching an elk and tampering with evidence had told other officers that he planned to kill the animal.

The Associated Press reports that an arrest warrant affidavit accused officer Sam Carter of mentioning a plan to kill the elk during a routine shift briefing on Dec. 26, six days before the elk was shot. Carter and officer Brent Curnow face charges and both are on unpaid leave.