This story is just wildly disturbing.
A former NFL player is in a lot of trouble today after officers with the Boulder Police Department responded to multiple calls concerning a shooting at Black Lab Sports. A woman found herself being shot by a man wearing black clothing and carrying a duffel bag.
The man, who was identified as former Bronco Justin Lewis Bannan, was found seated talking with another man as they arrested him, revealing he had a “couple of guns in his bags,” and he also had a pretty interesting story to tell.
Via The Denver channel:
“As police drove Bannan to the Boulder Police Department, Bannan said he had hydrocephalus — a condition where excess fluid builds up in cavities in the brain — and that he got rid of his cell phone because somebody was tracking him. He also said he had a “significant story” to tell, according to the affidavit.
At the police department, authorities went through a manila envelope containing items officers had found in Bannan’s possession outside Black Lab Sports. One of the items was a rolled up $20 bill that contained a white powdery residue. Preliminary test showed that it was cocaine, according to the affidavit.
During a recorded interview, Bannan was “sweating profusely” and “making statements about the Russian Mafia being after him,” according to the affidavit. He also made statements about the woman, saying “she did not deserve that, she was a good person.”
He was then transported to Boulder Community Health Hospital, was medically cleared and then transported back to the police department. There, he spoke with a detective, but talked mostly about how he believed the Russian Mafia was following him, according to the affidavit. He did mention that he had went into a “dark room” to hide and that the shooting was an accident.”
The woman, who stated she had had no relationship with Bannan, claimed she arrived to work, unlocked a therapy room door and was immediately shot in the shoulder.
He allegedly said, “I’m sorry, the Russian Mafia is after me.”
Bannan was an NFL defensive lineman between 2002 to 2013. He played for five different teams: The Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions.