Charges dropped against man for pointing gun at boy

Charges dropped against man for pointing gun at boy

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Charges against a man who was said to have pointed a gun at a 10-year-old boy Monday night have been dropped.

Charges of aggravated assault on a family or household member against Steven Lee Schoonover were dropped according to Blake Anderson with Jonesboro police.

The child's mother originally called police just before 7 p.m. Monday to report a disturbance with weapons at a home in the 5400-block of Summer Place.

The woman said Schoonover was "extremely intoxicated" and had pointed a gun at her son before passing out in the front yard.

When officers arrived, Schoonover had gone back into the house, according to the initial incident report.

The boy met police outside and said the suspect and his mother were inside "yelling and fighting."

Officer Keith Baggett stated he looked inside and saw "two people in a struggle or fight."

The door then opened, and Schoonover exited and began walking toward Baggett "in an aggressive manner."

Baggett pulled out his Taser and ordered Schoonover to stop and get on the ground.

When Schoonover failed to comply with his commands, Baggett and another officer grabbed him and took him into custody.

Officers retrieved the gun, described as a Glock 30 .45 semi-automatic. The gun and the magazine, according to the report, were empty.

Region 8 News learned on Wednesday, Sep. 28, that Schoonover resigned from his position as a Craighead County Juvenile Court Officer.

He was originally suspended without pay during an investigation into his arrest by his supervisor.

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