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Pitt DE Sheard suspended indefinitely after arrest

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Pitt senior starting defensive end Jabaal Sheard was suspended indefinitely yesterday from team activities after he was arrested for throwing a man through a glass door in the South Side this weekend.

Sheard, 21, a native of Hollywood Hills, Fla., was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, Allegheny County court records show.

According to a police affidavit:

An officer finishing an off-duty detail was on his way home from the South Side about 2 a.m. yesterday when he heard that a group of men were fighting in the street.

The officer, Garrett Brown, found Sheard fighting with Edward Parker, 27, of Stanton Heights on East Carson Street outside La Fond Galleries. Brown ordered them to stop, which Sheard ignored.

Brown hit Sheard with his baton several times to stop him from fighting, but Sheard kept fighting and threw Parker through the gallery's glass door. Parker was bleeding, lying on his back inside the business, while Sheard continued to hit him in the face. Another officer then pepper sprayed Sheard and Parker.

Parker, who was cut and bruised on his head and face, refused to go with medics, but his girlfriend told police she would drive him to a hospital. Both men were treated for the pepper spray at the scene, and Sheard was taken to Allegheny County Jail. The damage to the gallery front door is estimated between $600 and $1,000.

"We are in the midst of gathering information on a weekend incident involving Jabaal Sheard. While we conduct our own investigation into the matter, Jabaal has been indefinitely suspended from team activities," associate athletic director E.J. Borghetti said.

Sheard faces a July 28 preliminary hearing in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.




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