SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A former Springfield police officer charged with a misdemeanor for shooting an unarmed man in the back has offered to plead guilty.
Greene County prosecutors announced the deal with 35-year-old Jason Shuck on Tuesday. He resigned earlier this month and faces up to a year in jail for a third-degree assault charge.
Shuck says he accidentally used his gun instead of his Taser to shoot a panhandler near Wal-Mart in May. The man underwent surgery and is expected to fully recover.
The proposed agreement requires Shuck to surrender his peace officer license and to never carry a firearm for work. He wouldn't have a criminal record after completing two years of unsupervised probation.
The judge hasn't approved the deal and says he needs to review the case further.