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Cop Tasers storeowner who threatened boys with gun

Updated: June 18, 2012 11:20AM

A police officer Tasered a store owner who threatened a group of boys with a gun outside his south suburban store.

A Riverdale police officer was patrolling about 10:48 a.m. Thursday when she saw Morgan Stanley behind three boys who were walking south on 143rd Street near Indiana Avenue, a release from police said. Stanley then pulled a gun out of his pants and began yelling at the boys.

When the officer ordered Stanley to show his hands, he began running back towards the store at 14240 S. Indiana Ave., the release said.

The officer ordered him to the ground and then Tasered him when he refused to comply, police said. The officer retrieved a Taurus .357 caliber revolver, which Stanley said he owned and had an FOID card for.

Stanley said he argued with the boys inside the store and then asked them to leave, the release said. He followed them out of the store and pulled the gun to show them he had one, he told police, and was pointing the gun in the air when the officer saw him.

Stanley said he tried to run back to the store to put the gun away but was caught by the officer, the release said. He said he’d had prior contact with one of the boys and just wanted him out of the store. The boys’ ages were not released.

Stanley was charged with one felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and three misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault, according to police.

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