Police: LSU Player Shot and Killed Man Trying to Rob Him


Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, say that an LSU football player pulled a gun and shot a man who was trying to commit an armed robbery against him and a fellow student.

LSU football players Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jared Small were reportedly trying to sell an electronic item to a man last Saturday when the man drew a gun and tried to rob the two players.

But one of the players was also armed and drew his own pistol and fired at the would-be thief, killing him.

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Police identified the dead punk as 18-year-old Kobe Johnson.

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According to the Daily Advertiser:

Johnson, who died at the scene Saturday afternoon, “pulled out a weapon and demanded their belongings” while in the back seat of a truck in which Edwards-Helaire and Small were in the front seat, according to a release by Baton Rouge police information officer, Sgt. L’Jean McKneely Jr.

Johnson, who lived a few blocks from where the shooting happened at the 2900 block of 68th Avenue in the Scotlandville community, “was shot during an attempted robbery of two LSU student-athletes,” the release said.

“The student-athletes were attempting to sell an electronic item. One of the student-athletes was able to pull out a handgun and fire, striking Johnson multiple times,” the release said.

Players Edwards-Helaire, a sophomore tailback and LSU’s second leading rusher, and Small, a freshman walk-on linebacker, were questioned by police for several hours, then released.

Neither were charged after the incident.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva released a statement:

“We have been in constant contact with law enforcement regarding this terrible situation,” Alleva said. “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.”

Police also would not say which player fired the deadly shot.

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