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Former Bills tackle Justin Bannan arrested for attempted murder

Justin Bannan, who played defensive tackle for four seasons with the Bills, was arrested Wednesday on attempted murder and assault charges in Boulder, Colo., according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

According to the report, Bannan, 40, is facing charges of suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault extreme indifference, first-degree assault with intent to cause serious bodily injury, and first-degree burglary.

Bannan allegedly shot a woman in the shoulder with a handgun. The woman was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

A police spokeswoman said the woman worked in the same building as Bannan, and she knew him because he was part-owner of the building.

The Daily Camera, citing an affidavit, said Bannan was in the therapy room when the woman opened the door and he shot her while said stood in the doorway. Bannan told police that it was an "accident" and that he was hiding in the room because he was being pursued by the Russian Mafia and they were tracking his phone.

Police found two loaded handguns, an extra magazine and a rolled up $20 bill "coated with a white substance that tested positive for cocaine."

Bannan was taken to a mental health facility for evaluation and then returned to the detention center.

Bannan was drafted by the Bills in the fifth round in 2002 and played in 55 games with eight starts in his first four seasons. He later played for the Ravens, Broncos, Rams and Lions. He retired in 2013.

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