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FBI employee arrested after allegedly pulling gun in Hingham restaurant

An FBI employee was arraigned Wednesday on charges of firearms violations and disorderly conduct following his arrest inside a Hingham restaurant after he allegedly pointed a handgun at a woman’s head, according to officials.

James M. Doyle, 55, of Duxbury, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, being a licensee carrying a firearm while intoxicated, and disorderly conduct, Hingham police said in a statement Wednesday.

He was arraigned Wednesday in Hingham District Court, according to police’s statement.

No further information was available Wednesday night.

An FBI official in Boston said that the agency is cooperating with Hingham Police and the Plymouth District Attorney’s office.

“The FBI takes allegations of misconduct very seriously,” Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the Boston bureau, said in a statement. “We are aware of the matter involving the recent arrest of an FBI employee and are fully cooperating” with local investigators.

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The matter has also been referred to FBI officials in Washington, the U.S. Justice Department and the Inspector General’s Office, the statement said.

Hingham police received a report at about 8:48 p.m. Tuesday, from a witness at Gourmet Garden, an Asian food restaurant on Whiting Street, that a man had pointed a firearm at a female customer at the restaurant’s bar, according to a police statement.

When officers arrived, Doyle was seated at the bar with a handgun tucked into a holster on his waistband, police said. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, according to police’s statement.

The defendant and the woman knew one another, police said. She was unharmed, according to police’s statement.

Police said Doyle had a permit for the weapon he was carrying.


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