Report: Martin had loaded shotgun, knife, ax when detained

Former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin had a loaded shotgun, a large knife and an ax with him when he was detained by police Feb. 23 after posting a cryptic and threatening photo on Instagram, according to a TMZ report on Thursday.

A pair of Harvard-Westlake High School campuses in Los Angeles suburbs were closed after a threat posted on Martin's Instagram page showed an image of a shotgun and shells, along with the message, "When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge."

A former student of the school, Martin was detained by police and the school filed a workplace violence restraining order against him the following week, requiring him to stay 150 yards away from school property and facilities, as well as 150 yards from school president Rick Commons.

According to TMZ, officials found Martin on Feb. 23 after receiving a call about a "suicidal male with a gun" at a hospital in Glendale, Calif. Police found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, a large knife, an ax and a cell phone in Martin's car, and a second shotgun was found at his parents' home, according to the report.

TMZ's report also notes Martin was placed on 72-hour psychiatric hold because officials believed he was a possible danger to himself or others. Martin's girlfriend told police Martin has been making suicidal statements and "writing on the walls" of his home over the past month, per the report.

Investigators also learned that Martin has been sending disturbing Facebook messages to former classmates since 2016, according to the report. The report adds that Martin purchased a shotgun shortly after sending such messages and bought another shotgun 13 days before the cryptic Instagram post.

Martin, 28, attended Harvard-Westlake for high school and played college football at Stanford. He hasn't played in the NFL since 2015.

--Field Level Media

03/08/2018 16:04

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