CLIFFVIEW PILOT BREAKS THE STORY: A Dallas Cowboys fan snuck a stun gun into MetLife stadium and used it on a U.S. Marine during a scuffle Sunday night that broke out after he and three friends refused to stand and remove their hats for the National Anthem at the Jets season opener, attended by, among others, former President George W. Bush, law enforcement witnesses told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Leroy McKelvey, 59, of Moncks Corner, S.C., got back his Cowboys jersey after he was released on $22,500 bail following the halftime incident in upper-deck Section 324.
charged with aggravated assault and weapons possession.
“A Marine at the end of the row noticed that McKelvey and three others in his party would not stand or take their hats off for the national anthem,” a law enforcement officer told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “So the Marine tells McKelvey he better not have to get out of the row cause he won’t let him out.”
Sure enough, during the halftime show, McKelvey got up. Words were exhanged.
Three people in all, including the Marine, were hit with current from the gun, State Police Sgt. Brian Polite told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . All three later refused medical treatment, he said.
Security officers quickly restored order.
State Police then took the 5-foot-7, 184-pound McKelvey into custody, Polite said.
“The incident did not involve a TASER® brand device,” but a “generic stun gun,” according to Steve Tuttle, vice-president of communications for Taser International Inc. of Scottsdale, Arizona.
( EDITOR’S NOTE: The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority — and not the New Jersey State Police — holds full responsibility for security at the Meadowlands. State Police are there for various reasons, all involving safety. They make arrests. Questions of how a dangerous weapon could be smuggled into the stadium should be addressed to the authority or to Governor Christie. )
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