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Former Olympian investigated for hunting deer without a license in Colo. Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A two time United States Olympic athlete is under investigation for hunting a deer without a license.

Dremiel Byers, 39, of Colorado Springs was caught Thursday night trying to kill a deer on the city’s west side.

Colorado Springs Police got a 911 call from an employee of Kuni Lexis reporting a man with a bow and arrow shooting at a buck behind the care dealership.

Byers competed in the 2008 and 2012 summer Olympics; he competed in the Greco wrestling competition. He is also a Fort Carson Soldier.

FOX31 Denver stopped by his Colorado Springs home Friday morning and he didn’t answer. A yellow sign on the door warned the home was condemned and illegal to occupy.

The car dealership employee told FOX31 Denver that he confronted Byers after he shot the deer with an arrow. Byers told him to mind his business and that he was going to use the deer meat to feed his dogs.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Abbie Walls said the deer was hit with the arrow on his backside. The deer was found a short time later by wildlife investigators and had to be put down. The meat will be donated to a homeless shelter.

Those who work in the area said the deer was tame.