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story.lead_photo.caption Evan Howell, 26 - Photo by Little Rock Police Department

A Little Rock police officer accused of pointing a BB gun at a man while on duty has been charged with third-degree assault, court records show.

The officer, Evan Howell, 26, was "relieved of duty" in June, authorities previously said.

Howell was accused of pointing the weapon at a man who was reportedly harassing employees in a T-Mobile store June 16.

According to a police report, the suspect told officers he did not understand the threat of carrying a BB gun. The report states that Howell grabbed the weapon, pointed it toward the man and said, "Hey, can you tell the difference right now?"

Howell was suspended with pay pending an internal investigation almost immediately after the incident, authorities said in July.

Howell's first court appearance for the misdemeanor charge is set for Friday, documents show.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • jwheelii
    September 18, 2018 at 6:22 p.m.

    My, my, my. What WERE you thinking!

  • MaxCady
    September 18, 2018 at 9:34 p.m.

    When I was just a baby
    My mama told me, "Son
    always be a good boy
    don't ever play with guns."

  • Razrbak
    September 19, 2018 at 7:26 a.m.

    It takes 3 months for an internal investigation about this simple incident? No wonder citizens are demanding changes at LRPD. LRPD is claiming they are still investigating so they don't have to release the MVR (audio/video) recordings of the incident. Howell was only charged at this point after Bad Government in Arkansas blog posted about the delay. Then the prosecuting attorney made LRPD get affidavits from the officers involved so charges could be filed. #TimeForChange