Baton Rouge, LA – Two Louisiana State University football players were involved in a shooting death of an 18-year-old man who was trying to rob them at gunpoint in the back seat of a pickup truck.
Police said the two college football players were trying to sell electronics at 12:11 p.m. Saturday when 18-year-old Kobe Johnson pulled a weapon on them, according to WBRZ.
The players were identified as LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and linebacker Jared Small.
Authorities didn’t say which athlete shot Johnson multiple times.
After shooting Johnson, the two LSU players waited at the scene until the police arrived, WBRZ reported.
The Baton Rouge Police Department detained Edwards-Helaire and Small for questioning. Both players were released without being charged, according to WBRZ.
Police are saying the fatal shooting was self-defense.
Edwards-Helaire is a sophomore and the starting fullback for LSU. Small is a freshman and a walk on. Johnson was not a football player.
LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said in a statement their concern is the students’ safety, according to WBRZ.
“We have today been in constant contact with law enforcement regarding this terrible situation,” the statement from LSU read, according to WBRZ. “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”.
LSU is 9-3 this season and playing in the Fiesta Bowl at 1 p.m. Jan. 1 against the University of Central Florida. The game has special interest because UCF has not lost a game in two seasons and has a 25-game winning streak with a 12-0 record this year. Despite its undefeated seasons, UCF has been kept out of the College Football Playoff.