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Former SPD Officer Pleads Guilty to Shooting Unarmed Man

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – During a court appearance Tuesday, a former Springfield Police officer plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from shooting an unarmed man in May 2014.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – During a court appearance Tuesday, a former Springfield Police officer plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from shooting an unarmed man in May 2014.

Jason Shuck, an 11-year veteran of the department, was charged with third-degree assault for shooting Eric David Butts.

Butts was on probation and parole for burglary. He was shot near Bennett and Glenstone after Shuck was called to check on a complaint about a panhandler.

According to a probable cause statement, Butts ran and Shuck drew "what he believed to be a TASER from his duty belt and pointed it at Butts' upper back. He ordered Butts to stop, but when he got no response, he fired, realizing then he had pointed his duty weapon rather than the TASER.”

Shuck resigned from the police force in August. Police Chief Paul Williams says he accepted the resignation immediately.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.

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