Former NFL lineman Justin Bannan faces charges of attempted murder after allegedly shooting woman

Defensive end Justin Bannan of the Denver Broncos.
Justin Bannan reportedly shot a woman in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Former Buffalo Bills lineman Justin Bannan has been arrested for attempted murder after he reportedly shot a woman in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, according to the Daily Camera.

Bannan allegedly shot a woman in the arm. The woman was transported to a local hospital and treated. Her injuries are not life threatening. Though Bannan knew the woman, Boulder police say the shooting was random. The two worked in the same building, though did not interact often.

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The charges that Bannan, 40, faces include “attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault extreme indifference, first-degree assault with intent to cause serious bodily injury, and first-degree burglary,” police told the Daily Camera.

According to police, when they picked him up, Bannan said he didn’t mean to shoot the woman, and that he was hiding from the Russian mafia. Bannan was carrying two loaded handguns and a $20 bill that was coated in a white substance. That substance tested positive for cocaine, according to police.

Bannan attended the University of Colorado, and was selected in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL draft by the Bills. He went on to play 11 years in the NFL, also spending time with the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams.

Bannan remains in custody, and is scheduled to have a bond hearing Thursday.



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