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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Car of Wes Brown linked to shooting

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Police were seeking to question Maryland running back Wes Brown about how his car was linked to a non-fatal shooting before he was arrested last week for allegedly trying to punch an officer, The (Baltimore) Sun has reported, citing a probable cause affidavit.

The document filed in District Court in Upper Marlboro, Md., says Baltimore detective Bradley Hood "stated that [Brown's vehicle] was the vehicle that was involved in the shooting," according to The Sun's report. The officer had been seeking to talk to Brown as a person of interest in the investigation of the shooting. 

According to a police affidavit, Wes Brown was a person of interest in the investigation of the non-fatal shooting. "What y'all doing?" Brown said when police moved toward him after seeking to question him. "Brown then swung his left arm with a closed fist attempting to strike Detective Hood" before shoving him, the affidavit says.

The statement says detectives met with Brown, who has been suspended by the Terrapins, Wednesday night in a parking lot after Hood had discovered Brown's car and blocked it in with his unmarked police car while he waited for a tow truck, according to the report.

"Detective Hood told Brown he would like to bring [him] back to his headquarters for questioning about the incident that occurred in Baltimore City," the statement said, according to The Sun. "Brown said, 'Why can't you question me here?' "

Brown requested that one of his parents be present before Hood responded that Brown was 19 years old and didn't need a parent, according to the statement filed by University of Maryland police.

Brown then refused to go with the detectives, prompting the officers to move toward him.

"What y'all doing?" Brown said, according to the statement. "Brown then swung his left arm with a closed fist attempting to strike Detective Hood while turning around.

"Brown then shoved Detective Hood with both hands before fleeing on foot," the statement said.

Brown was later caught by police. He was also charged with misdemeanor theft and illegal use of wiretapping. Police say he stole a cellphone and used its voice-recorder function to briefly tape officers without their permission.

Brown started two games last season and was the Terps' second-leading rusher. He was listed as a co-starter after spring drills, which he couldn't participate in because of an ankle and shoulder injury.

"We are extremely concerned that one of our student-athletes, Wes Brown, was arrested Wednesday evening," Maryland said last week in a statement. "This is a matter that we take very seriously. We have been in contact with the local authorities and will continue to cooperate throughout the entire process.

"The University of Maryland has suspended Brown, and he is not permitted to participate in any athletic-related activities. Since this is a pending investigation, we will refrain from having any further comment at this time."