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Former Colts Defensive Back Arrested

January 30, 1996

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Former Baltimore Colts defensive back Nelson Munsey has been arrested after an hour-long standoff with a San Diego police SWAT team.

Officers were called Monday night to the two-story Mission Beach Motel, where Munsey lived. The building’s owner called police after Munsey confronted the manager with a gun, police Lt. Guy Swanger said.

``He has a gun history before. He’s also had prior histories for assault on a police officer,″ Swanger said.

After an hour of negotiations, officers brought a ladder to Munsey’s second-story window, and he walked down without incident or injury, Swanger said. No one else was in the apartment at the time.

A motel clerk also told police that Munsey fired a gun late Saturday or early Sunday, blowing out a motel window. It’s not clear why police were not called to the scene then.

Officers were attempting to obtain a search warrant to look for possible weapons in his apartment, Swanger said.

Munsey, 47, was arrested on a warrant related to a previous arrest on weapons charges. Details of that incident were not immediately available.

Tests will be conducted to determine whether Munsey was intoxicated. ``He was coherent and able to carry out a conversation with the negotiators,″ police Lt. Jim Barker said.

Munsey began his college career at the University of Wyoming and was a defensive back for the then-Baltimore Colts from 1972 to 1977. In 1978, he was a cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings.

Munsey’s brother, Chuck Muncie, played for the San Diego Chargers from 1980-84 and was considered a talented running back before he was tarnished by drug problems.

The Chargers’ leading rusher each year from 1980 to 1983, Muncie was suspended in November 1984 by NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle. He was later kicked off the team.

Muncie, a three-time all-pro who played for New Orleans, San Diego and Minnesota during a 10-year pro career, received a 2 1/2-year federal prison term in 1989 after being convicted of perjury and selling about two ounces of cocaine to an undercover agent.

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