Brandon Winey Arrested in Connection with Shooting of LSU LB Tahj Jones

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2014

Updates from Sunday, April 13

Glenn Guilbeau of USA Today reports Tajh Jones will undergo an additional procedure today:

Original Text

Former LSU and NFL offensive tackle Brandon Winey was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder Saturday in connection with the shooting of former Tigers linebacker Tahj Jones, Sulphur County Police have confirmed.

Chief Lewis Coats released a statement to Renita D. Young of The Times-Picayune Saturday afternoon verifying Winey is currently being held on charges, and bail has been set at $1 million.

According to the police report, Winey shot Jones late Friday evening following an altercation at a local apartment. Witnesses say Jones arrived at the apartment uninvited to visit a friend, which later led to he and Winey getting into a fight. It's unclear why the situation escalated, but Winey allegedly shot Jones during the altercation and fled the scene.

"Winey produced a handgun and shot Jones in the abdomen," police said.

Winey was later arrested at his home.

Jones, who finished his last year of eligibility in Baton Rouge last season, is currently in serious condition at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, La. He underwent emergency surgery to remove the bullet and is now resting. Neither the severity of Jones' injuries nor his long-term outlook are known at this time.

"We are aware of (the shooting) and obviously we're praying hard for him and hoping he pulls through," LSU football spokesman Michael Bonnette told Young.

Winey's charge of second-degree attempted murder is a felony that comes with a maximum 25-year sentence in a federal penitentiary. The 36-year-old was a standout offensive tackle for the Tigers in the early 2000s and drafted in the sixth round by the Miami Dolphins in 2001. He played a total of 24 games in the NFL (three starts) over two seasons, most recently with the New York Giants in 2004.

His relationship with Jones is unknown at this time.

Jones, 24, spent four years at LSU playing mostly reserve linebacker and on special teams. He was expected to start at one of the outside linebacker spots as a senior, but managed to start only three games due to myriad issues. He recently participated in LSU's pro day, though it's unlikely he would have been drafted in May regardless of the incident.

For his career, Jones tallied 47 total tackles, two sacks and one interception. His best season came as a sophomore, when he compiled 27 total tackles, a sack and his lone interception, standing out as a menace on special teams.

Police have indicated their investigation is still ongoing. Winey has not released a statement, nor is it clear whether he has hired representation. He will be held pending bail.


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