Man Fatally Shot By LSU Football Players Was Trying To Rob Them

Kobe Johnson was shot dead in the back seat of a truck after attempting an armed robbery of two LSU football players

Baton Rouge, LA – Two Louisiana State University football players were involved in a shooting death of an 18-year-old man who was trying to rob them at gunpoint in the back seat of a pickup truck.

Police said the two college football players were trying to sell electronics at 12:11 p.m. Saturday when 18-year-old Kobe Johnson pulled a weapon on them, according to WBRZ.

The players were identified as LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and linebacker Jared Small.

Authorities didn’t say which athlete shot Johnson multiple times.

After shooting Johnson, the two LSU players waited at the scene until the police arrived, WBRZ reported.

The Baton Rouge Police Department detained Edwards-Helaire and Small for questioning. Both players were released without being charged, according to WBRZ.

Police are saying the fatal shooting was self-defense.

Edwards-Helaire is a sophomore and the starting fullback for LSU. Small is a freshman and a walk on. Johnson was not a football player.

LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said in a statement their concern is the students' safety, according to WBRZ.

"We have today been in constant contact with law enforcement regarding this terrible situation,” the statement from LSU read, according to WBRZ. “Right now, our concern is for the safety and well being of our student-athletes. They have been involved in a traumatic incident and we have made our counselors available to assist immediately. All questions regarding the investigation should be directed to law enforcement at this time".

LSU is 9-3 this season and playing in the Fiesta Bowl at 1 p.m. Jan. 1 against the University of Central Florida. The game has special interest because UCF has not lost a game in two seasons and has a 25-game winning streak with a 12-0 record this year. Despite its undefeated seasons, UCF has been kept out of the College Football Playoff.

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LEO030
LEO030

Hmm, I wonder if the electronics were stolen?

Deny777
Deny777

If they were being robbed, got the gun and shot the robber...Good for them. Glad they weren't hurt.

JDTpr7
JDTpr7

I'd like more details about the actual shooting ... Hopefully they'll be an update at some point.... Kinda odd they were out "selling electronics"...

Lonman97
Lonman97

lol out selling electronics...Yeah ok...I sure hope that gun was the robbers and not theirs, as I am sure 18 year old college kids probably did not have a license to carry...

Janken
Janken

What color was the person shot????

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

AND EXACTLY WHOSE ELECTRONICS WERE THEY TRYNG TO SELL? What a bull shit story! These bastards were selling stolen property, buying stolen property and/or dealing drugs.

Ender
Ender

Louisiana has a similar motorist protection law to Texas. You don't need a license to carry a gun in your car. Your car is considered the same as your home and you can protect yourself by whatever means necessary.

pixiepup
pixiepup

This story doesn’t sound totally right. They were selling electronics at midnight??? Why?

markkr
markkr

I am waiting for the mother of the robber to say "my poor innocent baby was murdered. All he was trying to do it s rob them at gunpoint".

61mouse
61mouse

Where's the protest