Smithfield man accused of shooting, fatally running over bald eagle

Posted at 4:43 PM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 20:10:22-04

SMITHFIELD, Va.- An Isle of Wight man is accused of shooting and running over a bald eagle a few weeks ago.

Allen Thacker allegedly killed the eagle on or about March 13, according to court documents.

Prosecutors say he allegedly shot the eagle before driving “over it with an all-terrain vehicle until it was dead.”

We reached out to Thacker’s attorney, Robert Rigney about the incident.

He says the alleged incident happened on Thacker's property but wouldn't say much else.

News 3 went to Thacker's home but he had no comment.

Thacker is expected in court on May 26.

If convicted, Thacker faces a year in jail.