Two LSU football players involved in a fatal shooting Saturday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were the victims of an attempted robbery who acted in self-defense by shooting the man who was allegedly trying to rob them, Baton Rouge police said Sunday morning.
Police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said in a statement that the two student-athletes, who have been identified as sophomore running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and walk-on linebacker Jared Small, were attempting to sell an electronic item in the Scotlandville area of Baton Rouge when the man, Kobe Johnson, pulled out a weapon and demanded their belongings.
One of the players then pulled out a handgun and shot Johnson multiple times. Johnson died at the scene, McKneely said.
Edwards-Helaire and Small were questioned by police for several hours before being released without arrest.
Attorneys for the players had previously told the Baton Rouge Advocate that the shooting was in self-defense.