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Arrest warrants expected soon in McCoy assault case

Arrest warrants are expected to be issued soon for Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy and three others involved in the Philadelphia nightclub assault of two off-duty police officers early Sunday morning.

No arrests had been made yet, but McCoy is expected to turn himself in.

Police sources told ABC 6 in Philadelphia that investigators have sent their results to the District Attorney’s office and recommend criminal charges – including aggravated assault – in the case.

The officers involved are not expected to face charges.

At Recess Lounge in Philadelphia, at 2:45 a.m., McCoy and three others allegedly assaulted Officers Darnell Jessie and Roland Butler over the ownership of a champagne bottle. One source told ABC 6 that the officers ordered multiple bottles of champagne and that one of the men with McCoy grabbed a bottle out of an officer’s hands.

An argument ensued and one of the officers, police say, was knocked to the ground. Jessie and Butler, who are both 40 years old, then suffered substantial injuries.

Fortunato Perri Jr., who represents one of the officers, told ABC 6 that the injuries may be permanent.

“The video we’ve seen clearly indicates that they were being stomped and beaten and struck while they were on the ground,” Perri said. “So for anybody to characterize this as a bar fight – this was aggravated assault that occurred in a bar – plain and simple.

“It’s quite scary that these men were trying to enjoy a night out in our town – a town that they protect and they serve – and then they become crime victims for being in that bar that night.”

According to police, Butler fell to the ground and was “punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times by all four suspects.” He was treated for a cut to his right eye, broken nose, broken ribs and a sprained thumb after driving himself to the hospital. Jessie, who reportedly stepped in to break up the fight, was also hospitalized, received eight stitches over his left eye and was treated for a possible skull fracture.

Both officers have since been released from the hospital.

McCoy appears set to defend himself, as ESPN reported that he has hired Philadelphia defense attorney Jack McMahon.

Since the initial news of the brawl went public, multiple videos from inside the bar have surfaced. One from TMZ posted on Tuesday shows a person believed to be McCoy throwing a punch at a man on the ground. On the edited video McCoy is pushed back into a bucket of ice and then held back as someone can be heard yelling, “Chill!”

McCoy spent six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before being traded to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. The Bills signed him to a five-year, $40 million contract. In his first season with the team, McCoy was named to the Pro Bowl after rushing for 895 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games.

McCoy’s representatives have not yet issued a comment.

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