Lawrence man arrested, but not charged, for allegedly pointing BB gun that looks like AR-15 at people

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A Douglas County Sheriff's Office vehicle is pictured in this file photo from August 2017.

A Lawrence man was arrested Monday for allegedly pointing at people with what appeared to be a rifle but was later determined to be a BB gun.

The 50-year-old man was arrested at his home around 8 p.m. Monday on suspicion of aggravated assault. However, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges on Tuesday, according to the booking log.

Lt. Rich Qualls of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office told the Journal-World that deputies responded to a report around 7:30 p.m. Monday of a man pointing a firearm that appeared to be an AR-15 rifle at people near the 600 block of North 1550 Road, which is west of Lawrence city limits.

The deputies located the man, who was in possession of a BB gun designed to look like an AR-15 rifle, and arrested him.

The man was released from custody around 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to the jail booking log. The DA’s office confirmed to the Journal-World that charges were not filed, but it was not immediately clear why.

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