By Steve Corkran
Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 1:47 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Raiders starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain has been arrested for his involvment at a fight in which a gun was discharged at a residence in Decatur, Ala., on Wednesday night, according to the Decatur Police Department.
The police report says McClain was arrested for discharging a firearm within city limits, third degree assault, menacing, and reckless endangerment. All four charges are misdemeanors under Alabama law.
Decatur Police Department Lt. John Crouch told Bay Area News Group earlier today that McClain had not been arrested as of that time. He declined to comment on whether McClain might be arrested and charged with any crimes. He later sent an e-mail that included a statement about the arrest, citing parts of the police report, and two mug shots of McClain.
Lt. Crouch said McClain is in custody. He is being held on a $2,000 bond.
The statement says the victim, unnamed, told police that he suffered nose and mouth injuries and crawled to his car.
At that point, McClain “produced a pistol and aimed it at him. He said that while he was still on the ground, McClain walked over to him and put the gun to his head. The victim reported that he begged McClain not to shoot him and that McClain took the gun away from his head, held it next to his ear and fired it.”
McClain, according to Lt. Crouch, was at the home of an acquaintance Wednesday night, when a call to the police reported the fight and shots fired.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson said McClain was excused from practice Wednesday so that he could return to his native state to attend the funeral of his grandfather. Jackson spoke before McClain was arrested.
Jackson added that he is has been in contact with McClain and is confident things will be resolved in a favorable manner.
“I can tell you we understand and know exactly what’s going on, and we feel very comfortable with our information and we don’t have any further comment at this time,” Jackson said.
The victim refused treatment at the scene and, instead, drove himself to a hospital, where he was treated and released.
Raiders spokesman Mike Taylor said, “We are aware of the incident. At this time, we have no further comment.”
Raiders senior executive John Herrera said after the arrest that the team will not comment further.
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