Update: Former LRPD Officer Charged after Allegedly Pointing BB Gun at Man

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Update:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A Little Rock police officer, who was relieved of duty in July for allegedly pointing a BB gun at a man, was officially charged today 

Evan Howell was charged with a misdemeanor assault. 

Original story:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A Little Rock police officer has been ‘relieved of duty’ after investigators say he pointed a BB gun at a man.

“It’s strictly inappropriate,” says JoEtta Powell, who lives in Little Rock.

Powell calls what allegedly happened at a T-Mobile store on Markham near Chenal in late June out of line.

“It goes against his training as an officer,” says Powell.

Little Rock Police say after a 31-year-old man carrying a gun holster with no weapon got “very irate”, he went to his car before telling an employee, “I got something for you”.

Investigators say he ‘came back with a bulge on the same right side of his body’.

After Little Rock officers were called, ‘officers were explaining to the man the seriousness of him carrying a BB gun as if it were a real firearm’.

Authorities say that’s when Officer Evan Howell took ‘the BB gun from the counter, approached the man and while pointing the BB gun at him said, “Hey, can you tell a difference right now?”‘

“You do not point a firearm of any type or any caliber at yourself or another individual,” says Powell.

One woman says Officer Howell should not be fired.

“It kinda sounds like both of them are in the wrong,” says Little Rock resident Bonnie Eareywine.

The report shows Officer Howell was removed from the store by other officers.

“There’s a way to teach it,” says Powell. “When you are knowledgeable you are held accountable for knowledge.”

Little Rock Police officials says Officer Howell was relieved of duty immediately and a criminal investigation has been opened.

Officer Howell joined Little Rock Police in February, 2016.

He has not been demoted or suspended since joining the department.

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