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Potterville man confesses to killing deer with hammer after posting video to Snapchat

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Posted at 4:44 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 16:44:26-05

POTTERVILLE, Mich. — A disturbing Snapchat video circulating around Facebook Wednesday night led to the arrest of a Potterville man who admitted to killing a deer with a hammer.

The 23-year-old Potterville man was recorded near Doane Highway and North Hartel Road, in Eaton County.

In the video, the man can be seen repeatedly striking a deer in the head with a hammer until the buck succumbed to its injuries.

A conservation officer was told about the video by a family member around 10 p.m. Wednesday night before tracking the suspect to a friend's house, located on Doane Highway.

At the friend's house, the man fully confessed to the crime and surrended the partially butchered deer, along with it's severed head.

The Potterville man claimed that he was on his way home when he came across a buck disoriented from a recent car-deer accident. He claimed to have put the deer out its misery.

The case will be presented to the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office for possible criminal charges.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) advises that anyone who witnesses or suspects a natural resource violation should immediately call or text the Report All Poaching hotline line at (800)292-7800.