Zavalla man believes civil rights violated by game warden seizure

Billy Perry
Billy Perry

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – A Zavalla man says he is the target of an unlawful search and seizure.

An Angelina County Game Warden acting on a tip stopped Billy Perry for shooting a deer out of season eight days ago.

"The way I see it he violated my civil rights," said Billy Perry, just wants his gun back.

Without explaining why, Perry says the game warden searched him and his car.

"I had blood on my boots and they take my boots from me right there on the road," said Perry.

Game Warden Timothy Walker told him he had a reliable eyewitness that put Perry and his car at the scene where a deer was killed illegally.

Eventually, Perry says he was asked to get in the game warden's truck so they could drive over to a house that he shared with a roommate.

"There was a deer there which is really a strange coincidence," said Perry.

His friend told the game warden he had found the deer on the side of the road recently.

"Looked like someone had hit it or shot it, but it was still warm and he didn't want the

meat to ruin so he just brought it home and skinned it," said Perry.

The warden took the cooler containing the carcass and refused to give him his boots back, instead gave him this receipt.

Forty-five minutes later, he got a call that the warden had gone back and searched his room... taking his gun out from under his bed without leaving a receipt.

"With me paying rent for that room - that's my room. You'd think I'd at least have to be there for them to be able to go in," said Perry.

Walker with Texas Parks and Wildlife said he can't speak with us about an ongoing investigation. However, he did say no charges have been filed in Perry's case.

"He told me that he had enough evidence to come back in 3 or 4 days... I've been expecting him for days now," said Perry.

Billy Perry says he just wants his gun back -- it's a sentimental gift from his father.

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