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Walton jail lieutenant resigns after robotic deer hunting incident

Erin Franczak
efranczak@nwfdailynews.com
Northwest Florida Daily News

ARGYLE— A lieutenant with the Walton County Jail has resigned after being caught illegally night hunting with her husband this past February.

Elisa Georgina Hicks was placed on administrative leave following the incident, but on Friday she gave her official resignation.

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“She has submitted her resignation and has been separated from the agency,” according to an email from Corey Dobridnia, public information officer for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. “We appreciate your patience as we addressed the matter with respect to the judicial system and the delays created by the pandemic.”

In February, Hicks and her husband were driving on U.S. Highway 90 East of Argyle when they saw what they thought was a deer. The deer, a robotic look-alike, was placed on the highway by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to catch illegal hunting.

According to an incident report from the FWC, the officer said he heard three shots and saw the vehicle pass the fake deer and turn around.

Another FWC officer said he heard Hicks’ husband say, “that deer sure was pretty.”

Hicks’ husband said he knew something was wrong with the deer because he almost never misses.

There was significant damage to the robotic deer.