Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and reserve linebacker Jared Small, both players for the college football team LSU, were released after intense police interrogation following a shooting which occurred Saturday afternoon.
According to Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD), the two players were meeting 18-year-old Kobe Johnson to deliver an electronic device he was supposed purchase from them.
But Johnson had something else in mind. Instead of his wallet, Johnson pulled out a gun and demanded everything they had.
One of the victims (police declined to say which) pulled out a pistol of his own and shot the would-be attacker several times. The men then called 911 and waited for police to arrive.
When officers responded to the location in Scotlandville, they discovered Johnson dead within the cab of a white Chevrolet Silverado.
Christopher Murell, one of the 3 attorneys representing the athletes, said,
“We believe this is an act of self-defense, and the evidence will show that,”
BRPD agreed with them based on the evidence at the scene and released the two men.
“This is a difficult process for everyone involved. We are thankful to the police for their continuing diligent and thorough investigation. The evidence will show our clients’ actions were justified. Right now, we are focused on making sure they get the support and care they need,” the team of lawyers said in a written statement.
Catholic High School in Baton Rouge head coach Gabe Fertitta, where both athletes had played football before continuing on to College, said in a tweet:
“My (heart) hurts for Clyde and Jared. Not sure the public and LSU fans truly understand how kind-hearted and sweet these two young men are. They went through an extremely tragic event.”
Dale Weiner, who also coached the students in highschool but now retired, agreed, tweeting:
“If everyone’s son was of the character of Clyde and Jared, there would be no violence in our streets.”
Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said he did not expect any charges to be filed against the victims at this time.
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