DALLAS — A Dallas Cowboys football player arrested Tuesday after a police chase was later found with a loaded semi-automatic handgun at his home, the Dallas Police Department said.
The Cowboys announced that they had suspended rookie running back Darren McFadden pending further investigation.
“DPD is currently investigating an arrest of Darren McFadans ex-boyfriend in the Dallas area,” the police department said in a statement.
“This is a difficult time for our officers and the entire Dallas Police Dept.
We are working with our partners at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to ensure that Darren McFaddans justice is served.”
McFadden, a sixth-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, was in the process of signing a one-year contract when he allegedly fired at the teammate.
He was later charged with assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with an aggravated firearm.
McFadden is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown issued a statement saying McFadden “did not belong in the United States.”
The statement said McFadden has a prior conviction for driving under the influence and that the incident occurred when he and his ex-girlfriend were driving in the area of North and North Central avenues.
“At no time during this incident did Darren McFady ever fire his firearm at anyone,” Brown said.
“There was a report of a suspicious person near the home and Darren McFaden and his girlfriend left to pick up their car.”
McFady and his fiancee were in the middle of a car chase.
“We are not aware of any threats against Darren McFade’s family.
Darren McFades family is deeply saddened by the incident,” the statement read.
“In the wake of the arrest of his ex, Darren McFadr is expected to remain in jail pending the outcome of the investigation.
Darren’s team is expected in court to appear Wednesday morning to answer charges related to the shooting.