A police officer who shot a beggar with his gun, instead of his Taser, has been charged with a misdemeanor offense.
Jason L. Shuck, 36, of the Springfield police department, claims he meant to use his Taser against Eric David Butts, 27, when he confronted him outside of a Walmart and Butts ran from him.
Shuck instead fired his gun at Butts and hit him in the lower back, reports News-Leader.
"The best explanation that I have is that my ... brain was saying Taser and ... but my body moved faster than my brain," Shuck said to detectives.
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In a statement to detectives after the shooting, Butts said that Shuck apologized to him, saying he reached for his Taser but grabbed his gun by mistake.
Butts was hospitalized with a non-life threatening injury. He was arrested by police following his hospitalization for outstanding warrants including a probation violation, and an unpaid parking ticket, reports KSPR.
Shuck has been charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault and could face up to a year in jail if convicted.
At this time, Shuck remains an employee of the Springfield police department on paid administrative leave.
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Police Chief Paul Williams said Shuck may remain on the force even if he is convicted of the misdemeanor.
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