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Nicholls State football player suspended following arrest

Altee Tenpenny, 20 (Source: LPSO) Altee Tenpenny, 20 (Source: LPSO)

A Nicholls State football player has been suspended from the team after being arrested by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Department. According to police, 20-year-old Altee Tenpenny was taken into custody Sunday, just before 6 a.m. 

Police say that nearby deputies heard a single gunshot just outside the LPSO Administrative Building on Canal Boulevard. The LPSO also received calls of a man in a red jacket stepping in front of oncoming traffic on Highway 1. Responding deputies approached the man, later identified as Tenpenny, and questioned him about the gunshot. He told police that he had a gun on him and admitted to firing a single shot in the air. Police found the handgun in his waistband and also discovered that Tenpenny did not have a permit to carry a concealed handgun. 

Tenpenny was arrested and brought to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he was booked with illegal carrying of weapons, illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities and obstructing public passages. After posting his $2,100 bond, he was released Monday afternoon. 

On Monday, Nicholls State University officials released the following statement: 

Nicholls Athletics is aware of the incident involving Altee Tenpenny that led to his arrest early Sunday morning. Tenpenny has been suspended indefinitely from all football activities, effective immediately.  All of our student-athletes are held to a high standard and will be held accountable for their actions. We will continue to gather information from the proper authorities regarding the incident as it becomes available.

A Nicholls State spokesperson said that Tenpenny joined the Colonel football team in the fall of 2015 after playing the past two seasons at Alabama. Prior to that, the junior running back and native of North Little Rock, Arkansas spent some time with the UNLV football team. He has yet to appear in a game this season for Nicholls State. 

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