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Wyoming football player charged with pointing gun at people

September 24, 2019 GMT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyoming football player is facing felony charges after authorities say he pointed an unloaded handgun at two people.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports Allen Smith III was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated assault and battery with the threat to use a drawn deadly weapon.

Court records say two people told police they drove Smith to an apartment in Laramie and Smith offered to show them his gun.

Records say the freshman defensive back returned to the vehicle and separately pointed a handgun at each of them, pulling the trigger four times for each person.

Defense attorney Jason Tangeman describes the gun as an air-soft gun that shoots pellets and says Smith disputes the criminal charges.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com