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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian prosecutor says a lawmaker faces charges of attempted murder after pulling a gun on his opponent in a live TV talk show.

Mohammed Shawabka pointed his weapon at Mansour Seif-Eddine Murad Thursday night after the ex-deputy called him a “mafia thief.”

The two men were debating Syria’s uprising on the private Jordanian Josat satellite station.

Shawabka accused Murad of being a “spy” for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. He first hurled his shoe at Murad and then pulled out a pistol, but no shots were fired.

Host Mohammed Habashna described the incident as the “Wild West, but we needed horses in the studio.”

The prosecutor spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because he’s not allowed to comment on a court case. Shawabka declined comment. Murad denied Shawabka’s accusation.