LAKE PARK, FL – A 25-year-old former New York Giants wide receiver was recently arrested and charged in connection to a double shooting in Florida that resulted in one man dead and another injured.
While authorities aren’t really revealing too many details about the case, here is what has been shared by officials so far.
Travis Rudolph #ARRESTED for 1st Degree Murder with a Firearm and Attempted First Degree Murder with a Firearm. Shortly after midnight, we responded to a double shooting in Lake Park. One male was transported to the hospital and another was found deceased in West Palm Beach. pic.twitter.com/prQAv5Jfq2
— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) April 7, 2021
Former New York Giants wide receiver Travis Rudolph was arrested during the early morning hours of April 7th, according to a release from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
According to officials, sheriff’s deputies responded to the Lake Park area shortly after midnight in response to a double shooting.
Reportedly, the shooting resulted in one man dead and another being injured. The second victim was said to have been transferred to a local hospital for treatment.
Without explanation as to how the conclusion was drawn, investigators reportedly identified Rudolph as the primary suspect for the shooting and arrested him shortly thereafter making the determination.
Officials have not detailed what allegedly transpired prior to the double shooting, nor have they shared any possible motives. However, Rudolph has reportedly been charged with first-degree murder.
The suspect was last being reported as being held without bond, but a hearing was scheduled to take place on April 8th. As of this writing, it’s unclear whether or not Rudolph has attained any legal representation.
The victims associated with this case have not been identified by officials, either.
This is a developing investigation.
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Back in February, Law Enforcement Today shared a report about another former sports star getting arrested – and this instance also occurred in Florida.
Here’s that previous report from February.
WINDERMERE, FL – Former MLB star Johnny Damon, who’d previously played for the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and the NY Yankees, was arrested for an alleged DUI and resisting an officer without violence in Florida on February 19th.
Damon’s wife was also reportedly arrested as well, for allegedly assaulting an officer while Damon’s vehicle was stopped.
According to reports, Damon was pulled over by Windermere Police at approximately 1:23 a.m. on February 19th after officers had observed his SUV swerving on the road.
While officers were speaking with Damon as he was pulled over, the suspect was allegedly slurring his speech and was having difficulty maintaining his balance during a field sobriety test.
When officers inquired about the amount of alcohol Damon had consumed prior to driving, Damon allegedly told officers that he only imbibed “just a little bit,” while motioning with his fingers to demonstrate a gesture implying he had a miniscule amount.
However, authorities say that when Damon was administered a breathalyzer test, he’d blown a .30 – an amount nearly four times the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
While this was ongoing, police allege that Damon’s wife, Michelle Mangan-Damon, was acting rather belligerent and even assaulted an officer at some point during the stop.
She too was arrested under charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.
Prior to either of the two suspects being hauled into the police station, Michelle had informed officers that their six children were at home with the nanny.
Police promptly contacted the nanny at the home to inform them that the couple wouldn’t be coming home any time soon, as they were being booked into jail.
Damon had allegedly told investigators that he was partying at “London House”, describing it as, “a guy who had a lot of money…we’re just having a good time there.”
Damon has since bonded out of jail, but it’s unclear whether or not his wife is still in custody. Members of the press crowded around Damon as he walked out of the jail, with the suspect saying the following initially:
“I mean…jail sucks, handcuffs are the worst. But, uh, yeah…jail’s horrible.”
Despite being urged by an unidentified man to not speak with the press, Damon continued briefly saying:
“I really can’t say much since it’s an ongoing thing. But I would never put myself, my loved ones, or anybody in harms way getting behind…a vehicle.”
“I’m always accountable for my actions and we’ll see what happens soon.”
“But, I will be honest with you and always be accountable and like I said I would never put myself, my loved ones or anybody in harm’s way getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. So, I apologize and hopefully, I can answer more questions later on.”
When Damon was asked about his wife’s arrest, he stated:
“Oh yeah…you know, um, you know – that’s something else I can’t talk about because she should not have been with me.”
Despite this DUI arrest appearing to be Damon’s first offense in the category in Florida, the penalties for his alleged blood alcohol level comes with quite the baggage if convicted.
Damon could face up to six months in jail, plus fines, if convicted – and then have to have an ignition interlock device installed on his vehicle(s) for no less than six months in concurrence with probation.
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