NFL news: Former NFL player Davone Bess arrested after standoff

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Davone Bess (photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/June Rivera)

Former wide receiver Davone Bess had been arrested by police after a standoff. Bess had barricaded himself inside his home before the police arrested him. Before his arrest, the police tried to flag him down for driving without his headlights on. However, the NFL star ignored the authorities.

Davone Bess had been arrested by police while barricaded in his home, according to ESPN. He was taken in from his home in Phoenix, Arizona after a standoff with police. He has been charged with endangerment, felony flight and refusing to stop for a police officer, as USA Today reports.

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Police said Bess was first spotted driving his silver Mercedes without the lights on. Police tried to pull him over but refused to do so. He is said to have rolled down his window then and made a sign like that of a gun and made motions as if shooting the gun. After that he fled at a high speed. Police had decided then to wait for him in his home rather than conduct a high-speed chase.

When he arrived Bess first barricaded inside his car with a knife. He ignored police ordering him to come out and played music loud inside the car. When he got out of the car he walked to his home. Police said he would appear on his front window and door holding the knife. At times he would put the knife to his throat. Negotiations failed to get Bess out for hours.

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He did open the door eventually but still refused to acknowledge police. They then sent in K-9 after him after which he was apprehended at 4:45 a.m. MT. According to Sgt. Jesse Sanger police obtained a search warrant before the SWAT team entered to take him into custody. Bess is out on a $2,500 bond Monday night, as KTVZ reports.

Bess had first been with the Miami Dolphins from 2008 to 2012. He then went to the Cleveland Browns in 2013 but was released. He had missed two games for that season. Previously he was arrested on January 2014 at Miami International Airport after an argument with a sheriff’s deputy.

Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons/June Rivera

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