Washington State linebacker Ivan McLennan was arrested on Sunday for unlawful handling of weapons capable of producing bodily harm after pointing a nonlethal pellet gun at a student, a gross misdemeanor.
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.
“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. Officers had warned him against playing with the replica guns in public.
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.