Former NFL Player Davone Bess Arrested in Arizona After Bizarre Standoff with Police
Former NFL player Davone Bess was arrested in Arizona early Monday morning after a bizarre and disturbing standoff with police.
The incident started when a Gilbert, Arizona, police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a silver Mercedes that did not have its lights on. The driver pulled off the road an into the parking lot of a sporting goods store. However, he did not stop. And that’s when things got weird.
Here’s the official report from the Gilbert PD:
“The vehicle pulled into a parking lot of a sporting goods store but continued driving slowly through the lot and would not stop for the officer. The driver, later identified as Davone Bess, then rolled down his window and began making gestures with his hand shaped like a gun and motioning that he was shooting the officer. The officer gave him numerous commands to stop the vehicle and exit, however he continued to ignore the commands. Bess then removed his shirt and continued with the hand gestures. He then left in the parking lot in the vehicle at a high rate of speed, nearly colliding with another occupied vehicle.”
It only gets weirder from there:
“A few minutes later Bess arrived in the vehicle and parked in front of his residence. Officers attempted to make contact with Bess but he remained in his vehicle with the music turned up. He barricaded himself in the vehicle and visually displayed a knife to the officers. A short time later Bess exited the vehicle and walked into the residence ignoring commands from the officers. While inside the residence Bess would stand at the front window and door holding a knife and on occasion he would put the knife to his throat. He would not respond to officers commands. Officers continued to negotiate with Bess for several hours to have him exit the residence. During this time family members inside the residence exited and also waited for Bess to come out.”
Sadly this is only the latest in a series of bizarre incidents involving Bess. The Cleveland Browns placed him on the non-football illness list in 2013 with “emotional distress,” during which time he posted a photo of himself smoking marijuana on Twitter. The Browns then released him in 2014 following an incident in which he assaulted a police officer at a Ft. Lauderdale airport, effectively ending his NFL career.
Prior to joining the Browns, Bess played for the Miami Dolphins from 2008-2012.
Hat Tip – [Pro Football Talk]