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Justin Bannan

Former NFL and University of Colorado Boulder lineman Justin Bannan is facing attempted murder and assault charges after he reportedly shot a woman in Boulder on Wednesday.

Bannan, 40, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault extreme indifference, first-degree assault with intent to cause serious bodily injury, and first-degree burglary, according to Boulder police.

He remains in custody as he awaits a bond hearing this afternoon.

Boulder police said the shooting was reported at 2:24 p.m. Wednesday at Black Lab Sports at 3550 Frontier Ave.

According to police, Bannon shot a 36-year-old woman in the arm with a handgun. She was transported to Boulder Community Health’s Foothills Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Boulder police spokeswoman Laurie Ogden said the shooting appears to be “random,” as Bannan and the woman worked in the same building but do not appear to have any other connection and were only distantly acquainted.

According to an affidavit, the woman went to unlock her therapy room in the building when Bannan, who was already in the room, instantly shot her in the shoulder while she was standing in the doorway.

The woman said she knew Bannan, but only because he was the part-owner of the building and she would see him occasionally pass in the hallway. Bannan is listed as the co-founder of Black Lab Sports, but the woman worked for a company called Element 6 that operates inside the same building but is not a part of Black Lab Sports.

When police found Bannan at the scene, he was carrying a bag containing two loaded handguns, along with an extra magazine. They also found a rolled-up $20 bill coated with a white substance that tested positive for cocaine.

Bannan told police he “didn’t mean to shoot her,” and that he was just hiding in the room because the Russian Mafia was after him and tracking his cellphone. He said he only fired the gun once and that it was an “accident.”

There are no other victims or suspects.

Bannan’s booking photo and arrest affidavit have not yet been released.

Bannan, who is originally from California, played for the CU Buffs before being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2002. He spent 11 years in the NFL, including a two one-year stints with the Denver Broncos.

He also played for the Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions.

Anyone who may have information about this case is asked to call Boulder police Detective Sarah Cantu at 303-441-4328. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.crimeshurt.com.



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