Grandmother says her ban on video games inspired teen's rage

SHEARERVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The grandmother of a 17-year-old shot and wounded Sunday by an Arkansas State Police trooper says her grandson was angry because she had told him to stop playing his violent video games.

Allen Gann was being held in the Crittenden County jail in Marion on a $50,000 bond after authorities charged him in circuit court as an adult with aggravated assault. He also faces juvenile charges.

Gann suffered a bullet wound in the right thigh after the trooper, Matt Roberson, shot him. The teenager was treated Sunday at Regional Medical Center in Memphis and released. The youth had thrown a hammer at the trooper and menaced him with an ax, authorities and Ganns grandmother said.

On Sunday, Allen Gann had sat down to play Resident Evil, a violent video game. He also enjoyed Smackdown Raw, a wrestling video game, and Midnight Club 2, a street-racing-simulation game, his grandmother said.

Georgia Gann said she grounded her grandson from playing the games the night before because he wouldnt do his household chores.

She said that triggered a violent episode that included the teenager choking her and threatening the trooper.

The shooting is under investigation.

Sundays shooting was the second by a state trooper in five days. On March 7, a trooper fatally shot a mentally and physically handicapped man near Springdale after mistaking him for a fugitive from Michigan.

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