Eastern Michigan University football player dismissed from team
Eastern Michigan University defensive back Derrick Hunter has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, head coach Ron English said in a news release today.
English did not specify what rules Hunter allegedly violated.
Hunter has had two run-ins with law enforcement during the past month, but has not been criminally charged in either, authorities said. He could not be reached for comment this afternoon.
He is under investigation after Ypsilanti police say a gun went off Sunday in his Washtenaw Avenue apartment, where they also found drugs.
Ann Arbor police also confirmed they are investigating a gun incident involving Hunter.
On June 27, Ann Arbor police officers took Hunter into custody for a short time after responding to a reported fight and shot being fired about 3 a.m. near State Street and Packard Road.
When officers arrived, they found a crowd of 10 people near the intersection, Ann Arbor police Det. Sgt. Brian Jatczak said.
Hunter, 21, had his back toward officers with his right hand in the front of his pants, Jatczak said.
Officers ordered him to stop and turn, when Hunter dropped a Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun, Jatczak said.
The gun was registered to Hunter, Jatczak said.
A .357-caliber revolver with a wooden handle also was found near a garbage can, but it's unclear who owns it, police said.
Hunter was taken into custody, but was not charged, police said. He was released that night, Jatczak said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.
In Sunday's incident in Ypsilanti, a 57-year-old man who lives next door to Hunter woke at about 3 a.m. when he heard a loud bang, so he hit the floor, he told AnnArbor.com, assuming it was a gunshot.
The man didn't find any damage to his apartment, so he went back to sleep.
When he was cleaning his apartment Sunday night, he found a bullet hole in the wall about 2 feet from where his feet had been when he was sleeping, he said.
The bullet traveled through the wall, a shoe box and a clothing bag, landing in a dirty shirt on the floor, he said. The man called police after finding the bullet about 8:45 p.m.
Maintenance workers let investigators into Hunter's apartment, where they found narcotics and other items in “plain view,” an Ypsilanti police incident log said.
As officers waited to obtain a search warrant, Hunter returned home, telling them a female he met at a party was playing with a firearm when it went off, according to the log.
Officers found the gun in the trunk of Hunter’s vehicle after he gave them consent to search it, the log said. He owned the gun and had proper paperwork for it, according to the log.
Hunter, a junior from Southfield, missed last season with an injury.
He started 10 games for the Eagles in 2007, according to the university's athletics Web site.
Lee Higgins covers police and courts for AnnArbor.com. You can reach him by phone at (734) 623-2527 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Arnold of AnnArbor.com contributed to this report.