Initial reports stated that NY Knicks’ Raymond Felton was arrested and posted $25,000 bail on felony weapons charges after threatening his wife with a gun, but she has since then switched her story.
Ariane, Felton’s wife, now says that he didn’t threaten her with a gun but that she was afraid he was going to hurt himself with a gun since he’s been suicidal upon announcing she wanted a divorce.
Felton's wife, Ariane, accompanied by her attorney, turned his high-powered FNH 5.7 x 28mm semi-automatic handgun over to police Monday, claiming she didn't want the weapon in the couple's Upper West Side Manhattan apartment, a law enforcement official said.
The weapon, similar to the one Maj. Nidal Hasan used in the Fort Hood shooting rampage in 2009, was loaded with 18 high-velocity bullets, the official said.
The Feltons are in the process of divorcing, the official said. Though Felton's wife said he never threatened her with the gun, she told police that he held the gun during arguments in their apartment. She also told police that he owns other guns in North Carolina.
A judge Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against Felton, who is to appear in court June 2.
Felton, accompanied by his attorney, left court without comment.
Felton, 29, who was arrested at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, had been held on charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the second, third and fourth degrees, New York Police Sgt. John Buthorn said.
Those counts relate to allegations that Felton illegally had a firearm and a loaded ammunition magazine, police said.
Here' some more info via The Wall Street Journal:
According to a law-enforcement official, the arrest stems from a semiautomatic handgun that allegedly belongs to Mr. Felton and was left at the apartment of his estranged wife, Ariane Felton.
Ms. Felton and the attorney representing her in divorce proceedings took the gun, which had 17 bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber, to the 20th precinct station house in Manhattan Monday evening because she no longer wanted it in the home, the official said.
Ms. Felton, 26, said that on four occasions, most recently Feb. 14, Mr. Felton waved the weapon around in an aggressive way but didn't point it at her, according to the official.
The official said the weapon and ammunition aren't legal in New York City.
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