Officer Involved in Shooting Unarmed Man Resigns

By KOLR10 News

Published 08/14 2014 01:12PM

Updated 08/14 2014 06:24PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams has accepted the resignation of an officer accused of shooting an unarmed man earlier this year.

Officer Jason Shuck turned in his resignation today following a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.  Williams says he accepted the resignation immediately.

Shuck, and 11 year veteran of the SPD,  is charged with third degree assault for the May 9 shooting of Eric David Butts.  Butts was on probation and parole for burglary.
He was shot near Bennett and Glenstone after Shuck was called to check out a complaint about a panhandler. 

According to the investigation, Shuck was talking to Butts, who allegedly gave a false name, when Butts suddenly took off running.

The police probable cause statement (above) also says 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.

After reviewing evidence in the case, prosecutors filed misdemeanor charges of 3rd degree assault against Shuck in July.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on August 26, according to online court records.

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