Little Rock officer suspended after aiming BB gun at man


   
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say a Little Rock police officer has been
suspended with pay after being accused of aiming a BB gun at a suspect while on
duty.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that officer Evan Howell and other
officers responded to a call June 16 about a man wielding a BB gun in a T-Mobile
store. Authorities say Howell took the gun from the suspect and pointed it at
him to demonstrate the difficulty of telling a BB gun from a firearm.

The suspect told police he didn't know whether Howell had the BB gun when the
officer pointed the weapon at him.

The remaining officers then escorted Howell from the building. He has been
"relieved from duty" while the department conducts an internal investigation.

Howell could not be reached for comment.

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