Drunk Chattanooga Mocs football player pulls out loaded gun in front of police

Drunk Chattanooga Mocs football player pulls out loaded gun in front of police

September 22nd, 2015 in Local Regional News

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Vantrel McMillan

Vantrel McMillan

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Vantrell McMillan

Vantrell McMillan

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A drunk University of Tennessee Chattanooga Mocs football player pulled a gun out of his pocket while Chattanooga police officers were arresting him for public intoxication at a house party on Sunday, according to court records.

Police encountered Vantrel McMillan, 21, outside a home at 2001 Chamberlain Ave. around 2 a.m. Sunday, according to his affidavit. McMillan, a defensive lineman for the Mocs, was standing in the road with a large group of loud people holding an open bottle of liquor, according to the affidavit.

Officers told McMillan that he needed to get rid of the bottle of liquor because he was violating state open container laws, then circled the area to tell other party-goers to leave. The officers were called to the home for a noise complaint and had been there several times that night, according to the affidavit. 

When officers returned to McMillan, he still had the bottle and took a drink from it. He was swaying on his feet and his eyes were glazed, the affidavit notes. The football player began to argue with police about the open container of liquor and eventually police arrested him for public intoxication.

As McMillan was being cuffed, he reached his right hand into his pocket and pulled out a handgun, according to police.

Officers immediately yanked the gun — a .40 caliber pistol — away from McMillan. The gun was loaded with at least one bullet in the chamber, according to police. The arresting officer, Clayton Holmes, said he does not believe McMillan intended to actually shoot police.

"I, FTO Holmes, do not believe he meant to harm police, but he was too intoxicated to know what to safely do with [the gun]," Holmes wrote in the affidavit. "His actions were very risky."

McMillan was charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and possession of a handgun while under the influence. After he was placed inside the police car, McMillan apologized for pulling the gun but told Holmes that the officer had no right to arrest him.

UTC spokesman Chuck Cantrell did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.

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