The National Rifle Association CEO acknowledged spending the nonprofit's money on high-end clothing and private jet trips with his family.
A lawyer for the New York attorney general’s office says the longtime head of the National Rifle Association operated as the “King of the NRA.”
The 74-year-old's departure comes as a civil trial against him and other National Rifle Association executives begins.
A judge ruled the gun group isn't being unfairly targeted for its politics, and that the group's claim of a "witch hunt" is "not supported by the record."
What first seemed like praise quickly turned uncomfortable for the NRA boss.
Newly discovered footage shows chief executive Wayne LaPierre firing four shots at the animal before someone else takes over and finishes the kill.
"Thank God I'm safe, nobody can get me here," LaPierre recalled thinking after he fled to a private yacht in the wake of the shootings.
Joshua Powell, former second in command at the National Rifle Association, said the gun group caters "to the extreme fringe."
"The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse," state Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.
The embattled gun group is planning for layoffs and a 20% cut in salaries, chief executive Wayne LaPierre told board members.