UPDATE (5:52pm): Also from Feldscher, Williams was arraigned today and will be released from jail on $500 personal recognizance bond.
UPDATE (5:33pm): Delton Williams has been formally charged with brandishing a firearm in public. Also, court records show Williams has a concealed weapons permit, per Kyle Feldscher.
UPDATE (1:30pm): Joe Rexrode has confirmed that Delton Williams is at the Ingham County Jail in Mason. He was brought into custody at 11:50pm Monday. There are no charges filed yet.
UPDATE (1:13pm) – Delton Williams has been suspended indefinitely from all team related activities, says coach Mark Dantonio.
ORIGINAL STORY (12:49pm):
The Michigan State University Police Department issued this alert Monday, shortly after 8pm:
MSUPD report a person displaying a gun from vehicle at Shaw/Farm in a road rage incident. Suspect left southbound on Farm in a blue or black Impala. Suspect is described as a black male. No other description was provided by the victim. Please call 517-355-2222 if you have any information on this incident.
The MSU Police Department then issued this update less than two hours later, at 9:47pm:
UPDATE: MSUPD has identified and taken into custody the subject displaying a firearm during the road rage incident at Shaw/Farm. The firearm was recovered.
A reliable source has told isportsweb that the suspect in police custody is Michigan State University student-athlete Delton Williams. Williams, from Erie, Pennsylvania, just finished his sophomore season as a running back on MSU’s football team.
According to the Michigan Penal Code (750.234e), it is against the law to knowingly brandish a firearm in public, unless that person is:
- a peace officer lawfully performing his or her duties as a peace officer.
- a person lawfully engaged in hunting.
- a person lawfully engaged in target practice.
- a person lawfully engaged in the sale, purchase, repair, or transfer of that firearm.
The Michigan Penal Code indicates the violation is a misdemeanor and also prescribes the penalty:
A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or a fine of not more than $100.00, or both.
No further information on the incident is available at this time.
Williams ranked third on the team with 316 rushing yards in the 2014-2015 season, in which the Spartans finished 11-2, including a victory over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl. Williams is expected to battle with incoming freshman LJ Scott, redshirt freshman Madre London and sophomore Gerald Holmes to replace Jeremy Langford as Michigan State’s starting running back in the fall.
Spring practice is scheduled to begin one week from today, March 24, and finish up with the annual Green and White Spring Game on Saturday, April 25th at 2:00pm at Spartan Stadium.