Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and freshman linebacker Jared Small of Louisiana State University Tigers was involved in a fatal shooting. The two LSU players were apparently trying to sell an electronic item when one of them pulled out a handgun and fired multiple times fatally shooting an 18-year-old who allegedly tried to rob them.
Both Edwards-Helaire and Small were initially arrested for the death of Kobe Johnson but were shortly released thereafter. Johnson was not a student at LSU and was pronounced dead Saturday at the scene of the robbery, according to Police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely.
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The LSU players called the police and waited for them at the scene. They were questioned and subsequently released but the investigation is still ongoing. "After Johnson displayed a weapon, one of the players pulled out a handgun and fired multiple times," according to police, although they did not say if the LSU player was licensed to carry a firearm.
Attorney's have issued statements saying they are adamant the shooting was in self-defense. The only University staff member to speak of the incident has been LSU athletic director Joe Alleva who said, "We have today been in constant contact with law enforcement regarding this terrible situation. Right now, our concern is for the safety and well-being of our student-athletes. They have been involved in a traumatic incident, and we have made our counselors available to assist immediately. All questions regarding the investigation should be directed to law enforcement at this time."
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Edwards-Helaire has played in 22 games throughout his career with the LSU Tigers. His record holds 145 carries for 657 yards and seven touchdowns plus 11 receptions for a total of 117 yards. He played the best game of his career on October 13th against the Georgia Bulldogs where he had 19 carries for 145 yards.
It is unknown how LSU will continue forward in terms of the players playing status when the Tigers finish the season against UCF on January 1st's Fiesta Bowl.
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