Blades' gun goes off, kills cousin


PLANTATION, Fla. -- A .380 semi-automatic pistol apparently owned by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Brian Blades went off early yesterday morning, killing his cousin, Charles Alfred Blades.

Charles Blades, 34, was pronounced dead by Broward County Emergency Medical Services just after 12:40 a.m. One bullet went into his skull, killing him instantly.

Brian Blades, a former University of Miami player, told police he was alone in the room with Charles Blades when the gun discharged. Police have ruled out suicide; they want to question Blades about the events leading to the shooting.

"Right now we're going on the assumption it was an accident," Plantation police sergeant Mike Price said. "That's what Brian's representatives have told us. We do believe the gun belongs to Brian."

Police were supposed to interview Blades to take a statement and fill in the details yesterday, but a 2 p.m. meeting was postponed when the family said Blades was in no condition to talk. Police expect that meeting to happen today.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents Blades in NFL contract matters, hired Fort Lauderdale attorney Bruce Zimet to represent the player in all legal proceedings.

"Everything points to this being an accidental shooting," Zimet said. "There is no motive. No reason. All Brian's actions and reactions are totally consistent with not wanting, or intending, to hurt anyone. The bottom line is he's involved in a horrible family tragedy."

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