Former NFL player Terrell Roberts was fatally shot in his grandmother’s backyard.
Police Sgt. Enrik Melgoza said that 38-year-old Roberts was shot in the backyard of his grandmother’s Richmond, California home on Wednesday. The incident occurred after someone entered the house and shot him, CNN affiliate KPIX reported in a statement attributed to Roberts’ family.
Witnesses reported seeing Roberts stumble into the backyard after a “disturbance” in the garage, Melgoza said. Officers found his body with a gunshot wound in his chest. The suspect took off before authorities could arrive, Melgoza said. Witnesses say the suspect was a bald black man with a short beard. He is described as being around the ages 20 to 35 and about 250 pounds. He also was wearing a black shirt.
Roberts’ family said the former football player was not known to have any enemies and was not “mixed up in anything bad,” KPIX reported. Roberts played as a defensive back for the Cincinnati Bengals for two seasons, from 2003 to 2005. Before that, he played college football at Oregon State University, CNN reports.