Orson Charles arrested, police say he pulled gun and threatened to shoot officers

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Former NFL tight end Orson Charles was arrested after police said he pulled a gun and threatened to shoot two officers.

Tampa police say Charles confronted two off-duty law enforcement officers after they pulled into a parking space that he said he had been waiting for. Charles approached the car, pulled a gun and threatened to shoot them, according to 10 News in Tampa Bay.

The officers drove away but alerted other police, who arrested Charles. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed firearm and introduction of contraband into a detention facility, according to the report.

The 31-year-old Charles was a fourth-round pick of the Bengals in 2012 who also spent time with the Titans, Saints, Lions, Chiefs, Browns and Broncos. His past legal troubles have included a DUI arrest a month before the 2012 NFL draft and an arrest for wanton endangerment in 2014 after another driver told police he displayed a gun during a road rage incident.

16 responses to “Orson Charles arrested, police say he pulled gun and threatened to shoot officers

  1. These stories are always sad as hell. The guy has been coddled his whole life and nobody told him No you cant do that. Hopefully he can get the help he needs go ahead and throw the book at him . Jails have plenty of help for you there.

  2. So he displays a gun during road rage, now actually pulls a gun. And remember these are only the times he’s gotten caught.

    So am I in the wrong when I say, contrary to many talking points, that we actually have an under-incarceration as opposed to over-incarceration problem with violent people in this country?

  3. sylvester000001, I am glad you and others seem to be starting to realize that. No country wants to be known for having the highest incarceration rate but just a little bit of research will show how many murder victims would still be alive if their murderer had been appropriately punished for earlier violent convictions. Our prosecutors and judges are failing us.

  4. His previous legal issues involved driving under the influence and threatening another motorist with a gun.

    You can avoid significant jail time for both of those crimes when you are represented by a private attorney.

    This latest incident is going to land him in a lot more trouble. He not only brandished his weapon, but he threatened to use it. The off-duty police officers’ testimony in court will be unimpeachable.

    Obviously at this point he belongs behind bars. I can only imagine how many other incidents he may have been involved in that went unreported.

  5. All of these ‘hope he gets the help he needs’ comments are absurd. He’s a violent entitled jerk that thinks he can pull a fun whenever he gets mad. He doesn’t need help. He needs to be in jail.

  6. We all need help. Wish he had been directed towards help by the NFL, or someone that cared. But he didn’t get help. So he’s going to prison. Happens too often.

  7. Violence against police is never okay, unless a former game show host president goads you into it at the US Capitol.

  8. jimmysee says:
    July 17, 2022 at 5:56 pm
    Too many guns on the streets. Like this one.
    You spelled criminal wrong. There are too many criminals on the streets.

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