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WSU’s Ivan McLennan arrested

Washington State linebacker Ivan McLennan was arrested on Sunday for unlawful handling of weapons capable of producing bodily harm after pointing a nonlethal Airsoft pellet gun at a student.

We have more information on his arrest after the jump.

Pullman police commander Chris Tennant confirmed to the Spokesman-Review that the police received a phone call the afternoon of Sunday, June 15 from a student saying that a man brandishing a firearm pointed it at them as they drove through the parking lot at 1560 NE Brandi Way.

McLennan, a junior, redshirted last season after transferring to WSU from El Camino Junior College. The 6-foot-4, 244 pound defender had a good spring backing up Kache Palacio at the Buck linebacker position.

The police log of the incident can be found here. Although the spelling of McLennan's last name is different in the report than on the WSU football roster, sources confirm that it is the same person.

“To put it in their frame of mind, this is right after the news of the shooting over at the campus in Seattle (Seattle Pacific University) and apparently the guy was thinking about coming to WSU,” Tennant said. “So that's their mindset. They were quite fearful.”

When the police arrived they found McLennan and another person playing with replica firearms that shoot nonlethal pellets. McLennan was cited for a gross misdemeanor because officers had warned him against playing with the replica guns in public.

“He had been contacted about three weeks ago by us, the Pullman Police Department, and warned for this exact same thing,” Tennant said. “That didn't apparently stop his activity so he was given a criminal citation.”

He added that the police department has contacted the WSU football team to make sure they were aware of the situation. Representatives of the football program declined to comment on the incident, keeping with the program's policy of not commenting on what it considers to be internal matters.


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