Two arrested for illegal hunting in Rock Hill, police say

Two men have been charged with illegal deer hunting at night after the duo was found with guns in Rock Hill, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

Michael Joseph Pouliot, 22, and Juan Dakota Diaz-Trent, 21, both of Rock Hill, were arrested by wildlife officers this past week. 

The two men were also charged with discharging a firearm within city limits.

According to an incident report, Pouliot had told Rock Hill officers he had shot five times at a deer, while Diz-Trent said he shot once at a deer. Officers discovered that Pouliot and Diaz-Trent had been “driving around” with a .22-caliber rifle and Glock 9mm handgun. Both guns had reportedly been fired.

It is illegal to hunt deer an hour after sunset, police said. 

According to South Carolina state law, a conviction for night hunting can carry one year in prison and up to a $2,500 fine. Pouliot and Diaz-Trent are currently being held at the York County jail.