June 16, 2010
According to ESPN's Shaun Assael, former Indianapolis Colts star receiver Marvin Harrison had a nine millimeter handgun confiscated by police during a recent traffic stop.
Harrison was stopped by police three blocks away from a garage that he owns. The same garage that was the site of a murder 2008.
Harrison, as you'll probably recall, was linked to that murder in north Philadelphia back in 2008. He never faced criminal charges for the incident, but Philadelphia police did determine that multiple shell casings at the crime scene came from a gun belonging to Harrison -- a .50 caliber elephant-killer. A lot of media outlets then painted an unflattering picture of Harrison's off-the-field habits.
Here are the details, again, via Shaun Assael:
The 37-year-old former Pro Bowl receiver was driving the wrong way down the one-way street in a Cadillac Escalade when the patrolman stopped him along with the driver of a second car that was trailing him, the sources said.
According to the two law enforcement sources, the patrolman saw Harrison place something that appeared to be a weapon in the seat console of his car. When the officer asked him to step out of the vehicle, Harrison produced a car registration and a permit to carry a weapon, both of which were in order. When he was asked whether he had a weapon, however, he answered no, the sources said.
At that point, the sources added, the officer said that he had probable cause to search the vehicle and found a weapon.
The gun will undergo some ballistics testing to see if it might match up with some other 9mm shell casings that were found at the original 2008 crime scene. According to a witness, a second gun at the scene was responsible for the 9mm casings, but police never found that weapon.
What's there to say? The surprise that Marvin Harrison(notes) isn't the quiet little choir boy we all thought he was has long since worn off. It's not illegal for Harrison to have a gun, of course, but why is he lying to police about it? Particularly when he has all the permits and paperwork in order? Legally, he's guilty of nothing, but my goodness ... everything around him seems so shady. If nothing else, I'd classify Harrison as a scary guy.
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