Six people, including some WSU football players, are being investigated for being involved in a fight at a Pullman house party that left one man with a broken jaw and at least two others injured. Witnesses and the reported victims of the assault accused football players of being involved and Pullman police confirmed to KREM in Spokane today that they are looking into that possibility. One witness, who spoke to The Spokesman Review, says the fight started because they asked some people to leave the party:
The student, who did not want his name published, said the group had been causing trouble — prying off pieces of a wooden railing, lighting fireworks among the crowd — and retaliated when he told them to leave.
Pullman Police spoke publicly about the early Saturday morning fight for the first time today, saying there's a lot to go through in this investigation. From KREM:
"These are just really more complicated investigations than people realize," said Tennent. "Everybody has a different perception of what happened. There’s alcohol involved, which changes peoples’ perception and memory of what happened and there are a lot of emotions involved."
Tennant says the investigation could take a while and once they gather all the evidence, it will be up to the prosecutor's office to decide if they want to file charges or not.
All the variables involved in the alleged assault are making the investigation difficult, according to Tennant.
"It’s really difficult to put this together…because we can't prosecute the WSU football team, we need to prosecute an individual for an individual act."
We'll keep you updated on this case and any new developments.
UPDATE (2:30 p.m.): Athletic director Bill Moos released the following statement: