Pair caught hunting illegally, CSPD says
Eagle Staff Report
Two men were released from jail over the weekend after authorities
said they were caught poaching off Rock Prairie Road East in Brazos
According to court documents, Stephen Douglas Francis, 22, of Bryan
was driving down the road at about 5 a.m. Saturday when a witness saw
his truck stop and heard a shot fired from the truck into a nearby
Mark David Spangler, 21, of Houston then exited the truck with a
handgun, jumped a fence and ran into the pasture, according to police
Spangler later told authorities that he had shot at a coyote with a
rifle while Francis held a flashlight. Police said Francis left the
vehicle holding a .44-caliber Magnum in search of the coyote.
But before Francis returned, Spangler said, the owner of the land
confronted him at his truck, prompting him to panic and speed away,
leaving Francis, according to police reports.
Eventually both men were found and arrested for hunting a non-game
animal from a vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor. Both men were released
from jail on $4,000 bail.
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