A man caught on camera killing a young deer with a bow and arrow near homes in Monrovia was charged Monday with a felony count of filing false information and related misdemeanors.
Michael Jackson Rodriguez, 33, is facing one misdemeanor count each of discharge of a deadly weapon within 150 yards of an occupied dwelling, possession of wildlife taken unlawfully and shooting a bow and arrow in Monrovia.
Rodriguez is set to be arraigned on Nov. 30 in a Pasadena courtroom. If convicted as charged, he faces up to 3 1/2 years in jail.
Prosecutors allege that Rodriguez shot the deer on Sept. 14 and filed false information two days later with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
"I was following up a wounded animal and taking him out so he wasn't suffering anymore," Rodriguez said.
A neighbor caught the shooting on his home surveillance camera.
The video shows an archer shooting a deer in a forested area next to Tapert's house, followed by the deer running away down the street. The deer then died.