FBI employee allegedly points gun at woman’s head inside Hingham restaurant

An FBI employee was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly pointing a handgun at a woman’s head during a disturbance inside a Hingham restaurant.

James Doyle, 55, of Duxbury, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, and disorderly conduct, according to Hingham police. He was arraigned Wednesday night and released, police said.

Police responded to Gourmet Garden Restaurant on Whiting Street just before 8:50 p.m. Tuesday. Doyle was still seated at the bar with a handgun in the holster of his waistband, according to police. He was licensed to carry the handgun, police said.

After an investigation at the scene, police arrested Doyle, who they said exhibited “several signs of being under the influence of alcohol.” Police said the victim was not injured. Doyle and the victim knew each other, according to police.

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“The FBI takes allegations of misconduct very seriously,” Special Agent Harold Shaw said in a statement. “We are aware of the matter involving the recent arrest of an FBI employee and are fully cooperating with the Hingham, MA Police Department and the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office. This matter has been referred to the FBI’s Internal Investigations Section in Washington, DC, as well as the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General. Because this is an ongoing personnel matter, we will not comment further.”

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