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Intoxicated Hawks WR practice squad fights police officer, tries to flee after traffic stop: report

A wide receiver on the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad was arrested after gunshots were heard after a physical altercation with a police officer escalated into a foot chase.

According to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police pulled over Cameron Batson on I-75 around 2 a.m. Saturday. The officer reported that Batson was pulled over because he was speeding and was unable to maintain his lane.

A field sobriety test was conducted and the officer determined that Batson was intoxicated, the police statement revealed.

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FLOWERY BRANCH, GA – JULY 28: Cameron Batson, #16 of the Atlanta Falcons, during a training camp practice on July 28, 2022, at IBM Performance Field in Flowery Branch, Georgia.
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The officer then tried to arrest Batson, but he started fighting with the officer. At some point after the physical altercation began, the officer discharged the firearm from him.

No one was injured as a result of the shooting, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed. It is unclear if Batson had a weapon with him during the fight.

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Batson was able to get back to his vehicle and attempted to leave the bun, but crashed on Northside Drive near northwest Atlanta. He was later charged with getting out of the van and running from police.

September 20, 2020;  Nashville, Tennessee, United States;  Tennessee Titans wide receiver Cameron Batson (13) runs with the ball at Nissan Stadium.

September 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, United States; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Cameron Batson (13) runs with the ball at Nissan Stadium.
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A chase ensued, but police were able to locate Batson in the area a short time later, according to the statement. Batson and the police officer were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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The Falcons issued a statement regarding the incident involving Batson, saying they would not take the situation lightly.

«We have been made aware of an overnight incident involving Cameron Batson and are currently gathering information from law enforcement agencies,» the team’s statement said. «We take this matter seriously and have no further comment at this time.»

August 13, 2021;  Atlanta, Georgia, United States;  Tennessee Titans wide receiver Cameron Batson (13) makes a touchdown reception against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Chris Williamson (29) during the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

August 13, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, United States; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Cameron Batson (13) makes a touchdown reception against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Chris Williamson (29) during the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
(Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports.)

Batson’s charges have not yet been published.

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Batson signed with the Falcons’ practice squad this year after spending all four seasons with the Tennessee Titans.