The East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney said he is pursuing charges against two men involved in a June 5 fight with LSU football players Zach Mettenberger and Sam Montgomery in which a loaded gun was pointed at the players.
District Attorney Hillar Moore III said charges will likely be filed against Marcus Adams, 22, and Robert Davis, 31, within the next two weeks.
Montgomery and Davis got into a fight following an argument in the parking lot of the West Campus Apartments, prompting Davis’ friend, Adams, to pull out a gun, the LSU Police incident report says.
Mettenberger tried to intervene and Adams pointed the gun at him, the report says.
Moore said his office is interviewing other football players who are possible witnesses or victims in the incident. Moore would not say which football players might be questioned.
An affidavit of probable cause says there were five witnesses or victims involved in the incident, including sophomore defensive end Montgomery and sophomore quarterback Mettenberger.
Montgomery, 21, told LSU Police he was outside of West Campus Apartments about 2:30 a.m. when Davis and Adams drove by multiple times in a white Jeep Cherokee, the report says.
Montgomery and Davis began arguing, and Davis got out of the Jeep to confront Montgomery, the report says.
Montgomery and Davis started fighting, falling to the ground where they continued to scuffle, the report says.
When Montgomery got up, Adams was pointing a gun at him, the report says.
Montgomery told LSU police he “pleaded for his life,” the report says.
Mettenberger, 20, told LSU Police that he tried to intervene when he saw Adams pull out the gun by “yelling for Adams to calm down,” the report says.
Adams then pointed the gun at Mettenberger, the report says. Adams and Davis then got into the Jeep and fled the scene, the report says.
Witnesses told investigators several shots were fired from inside the Jeep as it drove away, the report says.
Adams fired a shot when he got to his apartment at 2828 Alaska St., prompting Baton Rouge police to respond to the apartment and arrest Adams, the report says.
The gun had been reported stolen to the Sheriff’s Office, the affidavit says.
LSU Police brought Montgomery and Mettenberger to the apartment where they identified Adams and Davis as the men involved in the fight, the report says.
Adams and Davis were booked into Parish Prison on one count each of simple battery, aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal use of a weapon and carrying a firearm on school property.
No LSU football players were arrested in the incident.
Adams said in a statement to The Advocate on Wednesday that he and Davis were driving through the West Campus Apartments parking lot looking for a friend when “an LSU football player known to (Adams) only by the apparent nickname ‘Ego’ approached their vehicle in a belligerent fashion, cursing, and demanding to know why they were there.”
LSU Police spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde could not confirm Wednesday whether freshman defensive tackle Ego Ferguson was involved in the incident.
Adams said Montgomery then approached the Jeep and began arguing with Davis, leading to the fight.
“Other friends and companions of Ego and Sam, including one or more LSU football players, quickly approached to assist in the fracas,” Adams said in his statement. “Realizing that the situation was getting out of hand, I retrieved a handgun from my vehicle and demanded that everyone back off and cool off.”
Adams said he and Davis then got into the Jeep and left, but did not fire any shots when the Jeep was leaving the scene.
The only time the gun was fired was when Adams accidentally discharged the gun at his apartment, he said.
Lalonde declined to comment on the incident because of the open investigation.
Michael Bonnette, LSU sports information director, said Wednesday that Mettenberger and Montgomery were “victims in the incident that occurred outside of their campus apartment.”
“The police report indicated that Sam and Zach did nothing wrong and that they were the victims, while the other two men were arrested,” Bonnette said.
Advocate staff writer Kimberly Vetter contributed to this report.
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