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Assistant Michigan AG Suspended After Arrest

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LANSING (AP)- A Michigan assistant attorney general has been suspended following his arrest on gun charges.

Eaton County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sauter told The Associated Press Wednesday that he authorized misdemeanor warrants charging James Shell with possessing a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and reckless use of a firearm.

Sauter says no one was injured during Thursday’s incident southwest of Lansing.

Shell also is president of the Grand Ledge Board of Education. The Lansing State Journal says the district issued a statement saying officials are “sorry to hear about the difficult circumstances” facing Shell.

Attorney general’s spokesman John Sellek says that Shell’s been suspended while the case proceeds.

Shell doesn’t have a listed home phone. The Associated Press sent a message to his work email address seeking comment Wednesday.

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