SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (AP) – The Springfield Police Department says an officer charged with shooting an unarmed panhandler has resigned.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Jason Shuck resigned Thursday.
Shuck told authorities he accidentally shot 27-year-old Eric Butts with a gun instead of a Taser on May 9. Butts was hit in the lower back and suffered serious intestinal injuries that require him to use a colostomy bag.
Shuck faces up to a year in jail if convicted of a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault.
The department awarded Shuck a meritorious service award last year.
A message seeking comment was left with Shuck’s attorney Thursday.